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Help for faith communities after a natural disaster or tragedy

Natural disasters, like the massive tornado that struck Oklahoma, can devastate entire communities and sometimes shake our faith, whether we are directly affected or not. Many ask why God would allow such tragedy, or wonder if the disaster is God’s punishment.

Calvin Institute Provides Worship Renewal Grants

Calvin Institute Provides Worship Renewal Grants

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has given $300,000 in grants to support worship renewal across North America. Since it began in the year 2000, the Worship Renewal Grants Program has awarded more than 600 grants to churches, schools and seminaries across the U.S. and Canada for projects that can generate renewed interest, thoughtfulness and energy for public worship at the local, grass-roots level.

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A look at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 2010

In an effort to provide a comprehensive profile of the country's major denominations, the Faith Communities Today consortium has surveyed thousands of congregations about their faith and their social, economic... read more >

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Bringing worship to life with the five senses

Fruit-flavored candy to symbolize the fruits of the Spirit; a bag of potato chips handed through the congregation with the admonition “you can only eat one,” to model restraint; trinket... read more >

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Avoid Common Pitfalls When Surveying Your Congregation

Congregations looking to revitalize themselves and engage their congregants often initiate surveys and questionnaires but, one pastor warns, these types of surveys aren’t a one-size-fits-all way to assess a community.... read more >

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Same-Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court

Some of the strongest opposition to gay marriage has come from religious groups, especially evangelicals and Roman Catholics. However, Jewish groups, the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Church... read more >

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God and Gun Control: What role does faith play in the debate?

Does God have a place in the gun control debate? This portal has frequently highlighted resources from our affiliates that address gun issues, however as the debate escalates in response to violence and legislation, we offer the following resources from our affiliates that provide insight into how faith communities can respond to the gun violence, cope with tragedies and promote change.

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Talking Sports Helps Connect A Community

The Rev. Stephen Fichter understood just how dominant a role sports has assumed in the culture when a family told him they would be out of town Good Friday to Easter Sunday to attend their child’s volleyball tournament.  “It’s truly sports that has become like the religion” for many people, said Fichter, a researcher and the pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Haworth, N.J.

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The Outsized Influence of Christians in Hong Kong

The biggest obstacle to collaboration is power, says Lung-kwong Lo, the dean of the Divinity School of Chung Chi College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Giving up power,... read more >

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A Piano for Christmas

It’s never too early for a great Christmas ad. This is from the folks at John Lewis in Great Britain, who every year...

Can Religion Unite America?

    Calling out racism in American churches, David Gushee, the outgoing president of the American Academy of...

Are American's Religious Communities Unique?

Two-thirds of U.S. Christians pray daily, compared with a median of just 18 percent of Christians across 15 countries...

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