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Institutional Infrastructure of U.S. Orthodox Churches

This table draws on research data to provide an at-a-glance comparison of six indicators of infrastructural development among the Orthodox jurisdictions in North America. Developed by researcher Alexei D. Krindatch... read more >

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Integration of Orthodox Churches in American Society

A major challenge facing the Eastern Orthodox Churches in the U.S. is integrating with the general North American society. Researcher Alexei D. Krindatch categorizes the Orthodox Churches by six measures... read more >

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Origins, Growth, and Developmental Trends in U.S. Orthodoxy

In this table, researcher Alexei D. Krindatch of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute categorizes the North American Eastern Orthodox Churches by jurisdiction, years in which historic parishes were founded, year... read more >

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What Clergy Do All Week

What do pastors spend their time on? Insights into Relition Lilly Foundation Grants

Many church members might think the life of the pastor is spent preparing for that one-hour Sunday worship. A survey of Roman Catholic and Protestant pastors shows they do a lot more.

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U.S. Orthodox Churches at a Glance

North American Orthodox Churches are a diverse body of faith communities united by their common theology and ecclesiology, but divided by their ethnic heritage. In this table, researcher Alexei D.... read more >

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U.S. Orthodox Churches in a Global Context

North American Orthodox Churches have longstanding mother-daughter relationships with ethnic home churches in the Old World that are integral to the self-identity of the New World churches. Researcher Alexei D.... read more >

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Ethnic Traditionalism vs. Civic Involvement in North American Eastern Orthodoxy

In contemporary America the Orthodox face two temptations. One is to capitulate to the relativistic U.S. culture so the church becomes just another social club. The other is to forget... read more >

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A Reflection on the State of Pastoral Leadership

When Jackson Carroll began “Pulpit & Pew,” his large research project on pastoral leadership, he considered pastors a “troubled profession,” and braced himself for what his investigation might reveal. But five years of study, including a major national telephone survey and 23 focus groups across the country, convinced Carroll his gloomy forecast didn’t stand up.

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Articles on Pentecostalism

Here is a collection of articles examining the Pentecostal movement from a sociological perspective, including nine from sociologist and practicing Pentecostal Margaret M. Poloma. Also included are links to online... read more >

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Integrating Work and Faith

For an engaging perspective on integrating faith and work, and trusting God to be God, read this essay. The author, sociologist Margaret M. Poloma, combines the allegory of John Bunyan’s... read more >

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Liturgical Meditations from Fuller Studios

 The liturgical calendar spans the life of Christ in a single year—from anticipation (Advent), to hope (Christmas...

The Spiritual Practice of Humor

We live in a time of tension and conflict, arguing and fighting for what we believe is true. Many of us are attracted...

Volunteer and Live Longer Religious Lives

Ohio State researchers in June pored over hundreds of obituaries from across the country. They found that people with...

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