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Denominational Decline Related To Birthrates, Societal Changes

Denominational Decline Related To Birthrates, Societal Changes Lilly Foundation Insights Into Religion News Hartford Seminary

Sociologists have tried to explain the decline of mainline denominations in a variety of ways. The truth is a little more complicated, says one prominent sociologist who has studied the data.


Church Challenges at the Start of the 21st Century

There are many challenges facing Christian churches at the beginning of the 21st century. The four specific challenges addressed in this article are perennial, but take varying forms over time.... read more >


Treading Online An Act Of Faith

Treading Online An Act Of Faith Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

Promise or peril? An online guidebook gives religious congregations insights into navigating Web 2.0 technologies.


Top Issues Facing the African American Community

The African American Lectionary Project surveyed 10,000 African American clergy of all denominations in 2006 and found then that the top three concerns were: strengthening men and boys, strengthening families,... read more >


Crucial Survey Results about Adventist Congregations

The Seventh Day Adventist Church in America participated in the Faith Communities Today (FACT) 2000 interfaith survey of 14,300 American faith communities from 41 different denominations and faith groups. In... read more >


A New Shape for Christianity in a Post-Christian Era

Though mainline pastors may be mourning the passing of Christianity’s social dominance in the United States, those who have eyes might see that Christianity is not dying, but changing shape.... read more >


Using the Political Frame to Understand Conflict

Politics is inherent in human enterprise, including congregations. In his essay, "The Political Frame," church consultant and researcher David Roozen of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research articulates a political... read more >


Stories—sacred and secular—can transform congregations

Alban is a learning institution. One way we learn is to be with really gifted people and to put a topic on the table and learn from their experience.

— Jim Wind, President, Alban Institute





Holy Week Inspiration

In a few weeks, Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week and Easter, commemorating the final days of Jesus...

Encouraging Youth Away From Marijuana

   The legislative wars over marijuana are mostly trending in favor of those who support legalization. More...

Leadership La Porte County Hosts its 2nd Annual “Volunteer Expo” on April 19

Leadership La Porte County, Inc. was formed in 1984, with support from the Lilly Foundation, to encourage engaged...

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