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General Social Surveys

The General Social Surveys (GSS) have been conducted since 1972 by the National Opinion Research Center. Each survey has replicated questionnaire items and wording in order to get high-quality time-trend... read more >


Religious Adherence Data Archives

The Association of Religion Data Archives website is a collection of the data from hundreds of surveys, polls, and other information submitted by researchers for archiving and public access. You... read more >


“Cruciform Excellence” in the 21st Century Church

The world changed dramatically in recent decades and, as such, what is expected of clergy and church life also changed. Unfortunately, churches and most clergy have been slow adapters. In... read more >


Faith-Based Initiatives – the Impact on Churches

The 1996 reform to the federal welfare program included a provision allowing faith communities to compete for federal social service dollars. Using comparative data from the National Congregations Study, this... read more >


Religious trends revealed through faith opinion polls

A set of 23 news organization polls conducted between 1979 and 2005 shows religious trends. For example, five related Gallup polls surveyed self-identified Catholics on a series of topics including... read more >


Tracking social change worldwide over time

A survey archived on the website of the Association of Religion Data Archives is an aggregation of a multi-year worldwide investigation of socio-cultural and political change in more than 80... read more >


What Teens Believe

Today’s American teens have a generally positive attitude toward religion, but the general public has a distorted perception of teenagers and their faith interests. Discover the difference. Read the interview... read more >


Cross-National Data on Religion

This file assembles data from multiple sources, covering 195 different countries and territories other than the United States. Information comes from the 2003-2005 U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Reports,... read more >


The Intersection of Religion and the Internet

This web page, provided by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, offers a collection of articles, studies, and reports on the growing presence of faith communities on the Internet. The... read more >


Evolving Visions of the Orthodox Priesthood

The majority of American Orthodox priests oppose the idea of parishioners electing clergy and bishops, encourage obedience to established rules in the church, and do not tolerate differences of opinion... read more >





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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