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The Local Battle Over Religious Rights to Land Use

The battle over building a mosque near the New York City site of the destroyed Twin Towers highlights a growing nationwide battle over the legal right of religious communities to... read more >

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Mainline Protestantism Benefits Least from Competitive Religious Marketplace

At the end of the American Revolution, there were about 20 religious groups in the United States, and fewer than 15 percent of Americans were formally associated with churches. Today... read more >

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Guidelines for College Governing Boards Inform Church Practices

The “Statement on Board Responsibilities for Institutional Governance” proposes a set of best governance practices for administrators of colleges and universities. This blog post suggests that the key lessons are... read more >

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Congregational Life Assessment Resources

Hartford Seminary’s Hartford Institute for Religion Research offers three free self-assessment inventories, which assess member perspectives on church programs and clergy needs. The responses of the 11,386 respondents in 84... read more >

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Congregational Life Assessment Inventories

These three assessment inventories are designed to assist in your congregation's self-assessment. The Pastoral Search Inventory assists congregations in identifying what the congregation needs and wants in the next minister.... read more >

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Fostering Connections Among Denominational Levels of Authority

Neither congregations nor regional judicatories flourish when their constituent members and organizations do not have some connection to one another; and without a sense of connection and unity, the denomination... read more >

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Judicatory Work with Congregations: What They Do and Why

The general question under discussion in this paper is how judicatory executives best carry out their work to keep their congregations vital and associated in common mission, given the tensions... read more >

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Promoting Sharing Among Congregations

This paper discusses the congregational dynamics that middle judicatories identify as obstacles in their efforts to involve churches with one another and reviews some of the strategies judicatories have used... 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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