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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 of a community’s journey. The longer an institution has existed, the more layered and complex its sacred bundle. New clergy, in particular, need to learn from their congregations in order to identify and understand the significance of the artifacts in the institution’s sacred bundle. In an article prepared for Faith & Leadership, an online offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School, Duke’s director of theological education at the Duke Clergy Health Initiative, Edgar Moore, explores the importance of a faith community’s history and traditions, especially for clergy who are new to the parish.

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Review rank-ordered data on religion in the U.S. and around the world. Includes the latest data from the Religious Congregations & Membership Study, 2010

 

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