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Two New Decisions on Religion by the Supreme Court

Two New Decisions on Religion by the Supreme Court

" Two imminent decisions will tell us a lot about how the current court thinks about religion - specifically, how it defines religious discrimination and who it thinks needs the court's protection," writes Linda Greenhouse in Forbes: Religious organizations rally to preserve favorable tax treatment of clergy housing allowances. [Read More].

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Latest Syllabi From Wabash Center

Latest Syllabi from Wabash Center. Religion and Anthropology Religious Sects and Cults Methodological and conceptual issues that arise in studying New Religious Movements (NRMs).   Bible Bible and Western Culture Key examples of biblical traditions and critical... read more >

Professional and Academic Master's Student Rising While Divinity Students are Decreasing

Professional and Academic Master's Student Rising While Divinity Students are Decreasing

"An interesting enrollment trend has been happening across ATS schools in the last two decades, and it has been changing the landscape of theological education in North America. The number of students enrolled in professional master’s degrees and academic master’s degrees (collectively, “MAs” or “MA students”) has been increasing while the number of students enrolled in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) has been declining." [Read More].

Are Baby Boomers Returning to Religion?

Are Baby Boomers Returning to Religion?

"Are baby boomers, part of the first generation to lead the contemporary exodus from organized religion, returning to their religious roots? The ninth wave of a multigenerational study that began in 1971 finds a little more than one in five boomers became more religious in the transition from their 50s to their 60s. Older boomers cited several reasons, from seeking solace in life after the death of a spouse to finding other sources of meaning after the loss of a job to a desire to pass on religious beliefs to their grandchildren.

Percentage of Religious and Non-Religious People by US County

Percentage of Religious and Non-Religious People by US County

When the topic of religious participation arises, the opposite topic often comes up as well: What about people who aren’t religiously involved? Since the 2010 U.S. Religion Census includes data for 236 different groups, it is possible to compute how many people are claimed in individual counties*. In the map below, that computation was made by summing the adherents** from all the groups, then calculating the percentage in each county who were not claimed by any of those groups.

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On Branding Your Church

The notion that churches need to brand themselves the same way a soft drink or shoe is branded has been encouraged recently by research showing that brand identification can provide... read more >

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How Faith Communities Address Mental Illness

After Matthew Warren, son of Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, committed suicide in the spring of 2013, Rick and his wife Kay teamed up with the Roman Catholic Diocese of... read more >

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Preaching reflections on Freddie Gray and Baltimore - An ON Scripture Special Feature

In light of recent events in Baltimore, several of our ON Scripture writers took a few moments to reflect upon what they would/will be preaching as the events continue to unfold. To join the conversation, follow us on Twitter at #onscripture.

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Looking for Online Resources?

The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) is an online tool designed to help leaders of all congregations find the right...

Is Pence Right About The Growth of Religion in the US?

"Religion in America isn’t receding. It’s just the opposite. Faith is gaining new life across America every day." —...

Apply for a Thriving in Ministry Grant

Lilly Endowment Inc. has announced a new grant program to help pastors thrive in congregational leadership and thus...

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