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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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Managing change by keeping your eye on the goal

The replacement of existing policies, cultures or even products with emerging alternatives is difficult for any organization. Key to managing the resulting, if temporary, disruption without attempting to prevent innovation... read more >

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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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What “Biblical Womanhood” Really Is

What was it like for modern blogger and author Rachel Held Evans to spend a year living the life of a “Biblical woman”? Not as frightening as she had expected... read more >

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Sufi Whirling Dervishes: Faith Through Dance

Sufism is the mystical branch of Islam; it emphasizes universal love, peace, acceptance of diverse spiritual paths and mystical union with the divine. In a 2-minute news video prepared for Religion... read more >

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The Moral Hazard of For-Profit Prisons

During the early-1980s nationwide campaign to crack down on crime, Louisiana took the issue seriously; today the state has incarcerated one out of every 86 adults in the state. Unable... read more >

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A Look at Gay Marriage Views in the Black Church

Joel Tinsley-Hall, a gay black American, and Scott Tinsley-Hall, a gay white American, both grew up in conservative Christian families and church communities. The now-married couple worship at The Open... read more >

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Celebrating Hanukkah Through Time and Across Cultures

Susan Braunstein of the Jewish Museum in New York explains the origin of Hanukkah and recounts the history of its celebration with examples of Hanukkah lamps used over time and... read more >

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Resources: Answering questions about the end times

In 2011, 44 percent of Americans said they believe that natural disasters are signs of the end times; among evangelical Christians, it was 67 percent. While many religious Americans anticipated... read more >

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There is More to Capital Fundraising Than Money

Churches can improve their effective ministry by expanding their definition of “capital” to include non-monetary assets when running a capital fundraising program. In addition to money, effective ministry can also... read more >

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Rose and Cal promote shared joy with religious humor across traditions

The first Ahead of the Trend in 2019 celebrates two couples who have never given up hope that understanding can make...

Disruption, Death and the Old Testament

The Old Testament has its roots in two great disruptions: the collapse of the Late Bronze Age geopolitical system and...

Great Faith Hand in Hand with Great Sleep, Says Study

 A strong faith could be the key to a good night’s sleep, according to a study released this week in the Journal...

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