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Religious diversity in the U.S. Congress

The 113th Congress embodies more religious diversity than any other in U.S. history, including one new member who describes her religion as “none.” Another congressional freshman was sworn in using... read more >

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Improving Organization in the Church

Four respected clergy from historically black churches in the United States offer ideas on how to improve the organizational depth and breadth of African-American congregations. Hosted on the African American... read more >

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Sustainable Institutions, Like Ecosystems, Utilize God’s Generous Provision

Elegant design of an institutional “ecosystem” involves fundamentally responding to God’s generous provision, thinking in terms of not just the physical space and the short-term problems, but the people, ideas, services, networks,... read more >

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The importance of Leading (and collaborating) effectively

It is frequently noted in material on seminary leadership that the president and board chairman need to form an effective, mutually respectful relationship. The same can be said for all... read more >

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The Outsized Influence of Christians in Hong Kong

The biggest obstacle to collaboration is power, says Lung-kwong Lo, the dean of the Divinity School of Chung Chi College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Giving up power,... read more >

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A Congregation’s History is its 'Sacred Bundle'

Every institution has a “sacred bundle” of symbols, stories and artifacts that confers identity upon the community and establishes its norms and traditions. It is, at its heart, the distillation... read more >

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Racial Diversity Increasing in U.S. Congregations

Martin Luther King’s once said 11 a.m. Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America.

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Five Hopeful Signs for U.S. Congregations

The number of Americans with no religious affiliation continues to rise. Fewer young people are going to church. And the effects of recession have placed greater burdens on religious institutions in a time of shrinking resources.

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The Coffeehouse Church: Blending Tradition and Innovation

One of the great challenges contemporary clergy face is how to lead during dramatic cultural transformation; how to honor tradition while creating innovative ways of being the church of Jesus... read more >

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Renewed faith and vitality at Florida megachurch

Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral, Fla., has become an economically diverse, multiethnic, multicampus megachurch through closer adherence to the Wesleyan tradition of reaching out to blue-collar and struggling... 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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