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Hartford Institute Studies The Eastern Orthodox Church in America

Attendance at Eastern Orthodox parishes in the United States has grown faster than at evangelical Protestant congregations, but the financial health of Orthodox parishes is worse than that of either... read more >

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Why the U.S. Orthodox Church Continues To Grow

While most churches struggle with membership and aging populations, the Orthodox Christian church in America has grown, and in some areas of the country, has burgeoned. Certain groups have increased... read more >

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Sunni and Shi'a: What's the Difference?

We hear the terms daily in newscasts but do we really understand the difference between the Sunni and Shi'a branches of Islam? How can we understand the people if we... read more >

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Understanding Mormonism

After Mitt Romney began his campaign for the U.S. presidency in 2012, media assumed and repeated misconceptions about Mormonism. In a brief video prepared for Odyssey Networks, an initiative that... read more >

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How Early Christian Baptismal Imagery is relevant Today

“Baptism celebrations can give people a lens, or filter, through which they view the world,” says David Rylaarsdam, professor of historical theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Mich.... read more >

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The State of Christianity in Pakistan

Most Pakistani Christians trace their roots to 19th-century British and American missionaries, but Christian communities in the Indian subcontinent sprang from many sources, including one branch that claims origination in... read more >

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Lessons in community from the Asian Christian church

Because Asians tend to value family and community more than the individual, Asian Christian worship has a more communal emphasis than does typical American worship. Congregations may corporately memorize a... read more >

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Worship ideas and inspiration on YouTube

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, committed to the study and renewal of Christian worship in the Trinitarian tradition, has launched a YouTube channel. “Worship Renewal” contains more than 200 videos... read more >

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Cults, the Unification Church and Sun Myung Moon

The Sept. 3, 2012, death of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, leader of the international Unification Church based in South Korea, reinvigorated interest in the man and the movement. To... read more >

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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz Discusses Life and the Study of Torah

Studying the Torah is one of the duties of adult Jewish males. For Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, studying Torah is a way to learn where the “lions” lie in wait and... 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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