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Religion and Urban Culture

Perhaps surprisingly, clergy ranked at the bottom of those who have influence in Indianapolis communities although nearly 50 percent of respondents thought clergy should have significant influence. That’s according to research conducted by the multiyear, multidisciplinary Project on Religion and Urban Culture. The Project explored how Indianapolis is shaped by religious practices and how religion has been shaped by the prevailing culture of the city. Interestingly, most congregations have become partners with public and private agencies to deliver social welfare services rather than stand opposite them to challenge the status quo. In effect, they traded their prophetic role for an opportunity to render state-sponsored aid, which raises new questions about how churches are shaped by state forces. Read about other findings in this initial report.

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Volunteer Shortage Affects Church Food Programs

Joe and Judy Nesbit spent Tuesday afternoon taking stock of hundreds of food items filling the shelves of the Seventh-...

Lilly Gives $10 million for Duke's Lilly Library Renovation

"Our [Lilly] family's commitment to restore and expand Duke's library that bears the Lilly name comes from our hearts...

Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. announced the project Wednesday as one of nearly $49 million in grants for...

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