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Faith and youth: inspiration for religious educators

Concern for the religious lives of young people has taken many forms over the centuries. The post-modern era reveals continuity in the needs of children and youth and change in... read more >

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Can nurturing their spirituality help teens cope?

Despite an ongoing passion for matters of the spirit, young people continue to be disillusioned by established religion. Recent research about youth and emerging adults details this and other key... read more >

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Reversing the exodus: 7 traits of churches that successfully attract young adults

As fewer young people fill the pews of houses of worship, some congregations are trying innovative ways to halt the exodus of young adults from organized religion.

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Best resources for church leaders

Insights Into Religion is a nondenominational nonprofit website that compiles some of the best information, tips, research, ideas and inspiration for pastors and church leaders, religious and spiritual seekers, students, administrators, and anyone wishing to learn more about religion and spirituality and how faith affects the world. Whether you're looking for a quick sermon idea, spiritual support in times of doubt, information about people of other faiths, or practical tips on using the Internet to further your mission, our affiliates — organizations and websites funded by the Lilly Endowment's Religion Division — have the information you're seeking.

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Nurturing children's spirituality through stories

Educator, consultant and author Ivy Beckwith facilitated a workshop for the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, an organization dedicated to helping strengthen Indiana congregations, that focused on ways to spiritually nurture... read more >

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Motivating students through real-world problem-solving

Active learning and problem-based learning are increasingly being adopted in higher educational by teachers in order to create a more engaged learning atmosphere where students collaborate to solve a real... read more >

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Teaching youth about health through scripture

The Christian community can set a positive example of caring for health and can support church and community youth in making healthy decisions. An effective message requires adults to examine... read more >

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The Thanksgiving Challenge: Learning about Hunger

Rabbi Lenny Gordon and his synagogue’s teenage students engaged in learning to shop for Thanksgiving as though limited to a food stamp budget. The challenge extended the synagogue’s participation in... read more >

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Good Chapel Planning Begins with Asking the Right Questions

A 2012 seminar on chapel planning for the high school setting revealed that there is a wide variety in how often chapel happens, that some chapel models work better than... read more >

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A Chapel Planning Process that Engages Students

“In chapel now, there’s not nearly as much talking or goofing around or being late,” says Ben Dykhouse in an interview conducted by Joan Huyser-Honig for the Calvin Institute of... read more >

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A Piano for Christmas

It’s never too early for a great Christmas ad. This is from the folks at John Lewis in Great Britain, who every year...

Can Religion Unite America?

    Calling out racism in American churches, David Gushee, the outgoing president of the American Academy of...

Are American's Religious Communities Unique?

Two-thirds of U.S. Christians pray daily, compared with a median of just 18 percent of Christians across 15 countries...

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