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Meet Your Neighbors: Interfaith FACTs

“Meet Your Neighbors: Interfaith FACTs,”  by Faith Communities Today, offers a comparative look at the beliefs and practices of Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations across the United States.

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Congregations and Social Service

Whatever one’s perspective on the federal government's faith-based initiative, one thing is clear: Religious congregations do make a difference in people’s lives.

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The Changing Nature of Worship

A church in Illinois streams video of a sermon from the home church miles away and displays it on a large screen.  A church in California offers half a dozen “video cafes,” each featuring different types of worship music to correspond to the different tastes of its participants. These are just a few of the changes taking place as U.S. congregations grapple with new technologies and contemporary idioms in worship.

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Churches using the Internet to their advantage

That Americans have embraced the Internet is no longer news. Several polls by Gallup and the Pew Research Center show that 73 percent of Americans use the Internet, and 60 percent of those have high-speed connections.

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Meeting God in holy silence

St. Paul says Christians are to “pray without ceasing.”  One Quaker practitioner says holy silence — a way of listening to God — is one way to do that.

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Christian education programs vital to congregational health

Some churches are seeing a consumer mentality when it comes to religious education. The trend highlights the importance of preparing Christian educators for the future.

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Denominational decline related to birthrates, societal changes

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.

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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 >

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Treading online an act of faith

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

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Bonding Communities or Building Bridges to Secular Society

Faith community civic participation can bond groups together and/or bridge between groups. Bonding participation tends to keep individuals within the groups to which they are primarily attached. Bridging participation tends... read more >

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Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising

The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy introduces the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF), which is...

Lilly Endowment awards $10 million grant to ATS

The New Century Fund will establish an endow- ment and support ATS programma c ini a- ves designed to help...

On Being Studio launches new podcast

The On Being studios has launched a new podcast, "Being Wise." The show, hosted by Krista Tippett, is described as an "...

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