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Same-Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court

Some of the strongest opposition to gay marriage has come from religious groups, especially evangelicals and Roman Catholics. However, Jewish groups, the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Church... read more >

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God and Gun Control: What role does faith play in the debate?

Does God have a place in the gun control debate? This portal has frequently highlighted resources from our affiliates that address gun issues, however as the debate escalates in response to violence and legislation, we offer the following resources from our affiliates that provide insight into how faith communities can respond to the gun violence, cope with tragedies and promote change.

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Talking Sports Helps Connect A Community

The Rev. Stephen Fichter understood just how dominant a role sports has assumed in the culture when a family told him they would be out of town Good Friday to Easter Sunday to attend their child’s volleyball tournament.  “It’s truly sports that has become like the religion” for many people, said Fichter, a researcher and the pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Haworth, N.J.

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Unique approaches to saving catholic schools

Since the early 2000s, about a quarter of the nation’s Catholic schools have closed because of recession-induced funding cuts, declining enrollment and increased operating costs. In response, the archdiocese of... read more >

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Syrian religious conflict spilling into Turkey

Antakya, Turkey, once known as Antioch, has been called the cradle of Christianity because of the time spent there by Apostles Peter and Paul. Though Turkey is predominantly Muslim today,... read more >

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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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The world didn't end…now What? Answers to tough questions

While 2012 passed without the predicted end of the world on December 21, humans will always have questions about the End Times. Doomsday predictions are not going away and neither... read more >

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God and Gun Control: What the religious are saying

Does God have a place in the gun control debate? More than 30,000 Americans die each year from gun violence, including increasingly in gun massacres like Columbine, Aurora, Colorado, and... 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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Resource: Customize U.S. Religious Congregations and Membership Study Results, 2010

How does your church stack up against others? With data collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, researchers, students and the public can create charts of congregational membership... 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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