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Conflicting Institutional Logics: United Methodists and Gay Rights

This article suggests that the conflict within Methodism over homosexuality is a conflict between the logic of religion, which urges people toward absolute moral principles, and the logic of democracy,... read more >


Articles on Homosexuality and Religion

Here is an extensive list of articles on the intersection of homosexuality and religion, collated and vetted by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. Links and subjects cover the full... read more >


Homosexuality and Religion Resources

This web page offers numerous links to groups that work to affirm gay religious rights as well as to those that oppose gay religious rights. Link categories include: denominationally oriented... read more >


Religion and New Immigrants Initiative

This program examined the role of religion in the experience of immigrants resettling and integrating into American society. Of interest is how religion could help bridge the gap from country... read more >


Mississippi Church-State Social Service Partnerships Study

The Mississippi Church/State Partnerships in Social Service Delivery Study by John P. Bartkowski with Helen A. Regis had two purposes. One was to examine the poverty relief efforts undertaken in 30 religious... read more >


Meet Your Neighbors: Interfaith FACTs

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“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.


Congregations and Social Service

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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.


The Changing Nature of Worship

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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.


Churches Using The Internet To Their Advantage

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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.


Role of Denominations Evolves as Independent Churches Multiply

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The Association of Religion Data Archives helps congregations and denominations understand America’s religious marketplace.





Explorer of the Universe, Stephen Hawkings Dies

  "Unlike me, Prof. Hawking did his best to stare into the far reaches of the universe. If anyone could have...

Philanthropy That Thinks Deeply About Rural Community

Based in Indianapolis, the Lilly Endowment is perhaps best known for its grants to strengthen pastoral leaders and...

Grappling with Questions of Belonging, Unity, and Faith

Years ago, against the advice of colleagues, Amanda Parrish Morgan taught Marilynne Robinson's debut novel,...

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