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Major Challenges of Congregations

Building congregational vitality requires recognizing the key challenges that face most American congregations: gender imbalance, lack of participation in church events beyond worship, limited connections to the wider community, and... read more >

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Religion in America: Research Resources

Anyone interested in accurate information about religion in America will appreciate this extensive online list of links to research, advocacy, and informational centers and institutes. Intended to help religion news... read more >

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Religion Glossary

An authoritative guide for writers and seekers interested in properly understanding religious traditions and terms, this stylebook for journalists benefits from extensive research and consultation with other authorities to assure... read more >

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What Teens Believe

Today’s American teens have a generally positive attitude toward religion, but the general public has a distorted perception of teenagers and their faith interests. Discover the difference. Read the interview... read more >

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Religion and Teen Self-esteem

High school seniors who attend religious services are significantly more likely to have a positive self-attitude than those who don’t, regardless of how infrequently they attend, and independent of their... read more >

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Research Your Community’s Demographic, Social and Religious Profile

Using tools developed by Social Explorer, the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) allows you to create maps that visually display the social, economic, demographic and religious landscape of neighborhoods,... read more >

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Cross-National Data on Religion

This file assembles data from multiple sources, covering 195 different countries and territories other than the United States. Information comes from the 2003-2005 U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Reports,... read more >

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The State of Churches: 2008

The Faith Communities Today 2008 survey is the third national research effort to evaluate the state of congregational life in the U.S.  This research included a random sample of churches... read more >

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American Baptist Congregations: 2000

The American Baptist Church in America participated in the Faith Communities Today 2000 interfaith survey of 14,300 American faith communities. American Baptist congregations were surveyed with questions tailored to produce... read more >

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Denominational Research Reports

Many denominations participated in the Faith Communities Today (FACT) 2000 and 2005 surveys. This page provides some individual reports and press releases of findings from several of these denominations. Find... read more >

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Presbyterian Seminary is pleased to share W. Sibley Towner's Prayers that Sing & Stir the Heart

Study of the Torah   O God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — for generations now, our ancestors in the faith have...

ARDA GlobalPlus: Religion and Nationalistic Politics in India

One of the most important test cases of religious and political nationalism is unfolding in India, where a political...

Anglican Archbishop’s Lenten prayer book Written by a Catholic Priest

For those that have followed the close collaboration and friendship between Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury...

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