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Religion and New Immigrants Initiative

This program examined the role of religion in the experience of immigrants resettling and integrating into American society. Of interest is how religion could help bridge the gap from country... read more >

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Mississippi Church-State Social Service Partnerships Study

The Mississippi Church/State Partnerships in Social Service Delivery Study by John P. Bartkowski with Helen A. Regis had two purposes. One was to examine the poverty relief efforts undertaken in 30 religious... read more >

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The National Parish Inventory Summary of Project and Findings

This project was designed to collect information from every Catholic parish in the U.S., emphasizing the social and ministerial context of congregational life in U.S. Catholic parishes. It is one... read more >

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The Philadelphia Story: A Religious Census

Because little is known about the life of congregations in any given urban setting, this 1999 project sought to create a census all of the faith communities in urban Philadelphia.... read more >

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Missouri Rural Churches Project and the invisibility of rural churches

This project was a longitudinal study of approximately 500 rural churches in Missouri. The same congregations were surveyed in 1952, 1967, 1982, and 1998-99. In addition, six of the 99... read more >

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Findings from the National Congregations Study Project

The NCS project was conducted in two waves. The first survey took place in 1998, and the second was conducted in 2006-07. These two surveys made it possible to answer... read more >

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Hearing the Call: Vocational Reflection Gets Renewed Attention

Nevell Owens remembers when he first felt called to pursue a doctorate in theology. He was working as a criminal prosecutor when he looked into the eyes of a 13-year-old boy accused of murder. He saw that they were empty, and he wanted to know: Where was God in the life of this boy?

“I knew the boy’s mother was active in church,” Owens says. “I wanted to know, why isn’t the minister here? Why aren’t members of the church here?”

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Summaries of Major Congregational Research

The study of congregations has become the primary focus of many sociologists studying religion over the past decade. This Web page provides information on 19 projects, some across multiple years.... read more >

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A Look at the Health of Theological Education

Faculty members at theological schools are highly satisfied with their jobs. They are bidding higher for a select group of students. But those students are incurring far more educational debt than in the past. Those are among the conclusions of three studies. The studies, which were completed before the economic downturn,  update conclusions drawn 10 years ago on the subjects of theological faculty, seminary financing and student debt. They contain much good news and much that will require further conversation and closer study.

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Social Outreach Across US Orthodox Church Jurisdictions

Eastern Orthodox Church jurisdictions provide varying degrees of regular assistance to new immigrants and to non-religious social programs and institutions. In a helpful table, researcher Alexei D. Krindatch compares the... read more >

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Are There Guns in Your Church

Connie Peterson is an accountant whose work requires a calculator, not a weapon. But she doesn’t go anywhere without...

6/10 Religiously Unaffiliated Americans are Athiest, Agnostic or “Nothing in Particular”

"A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more...

Art and Music Helping To Survive The Worst

“How do we survive when the worst happens? What are the mechanisms?” For Joe Carter, one answer was in spirituals —...

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