Archive for the ‘diversity’ Category

Who are the Southern Baptists and why is their 2021 annual meeting so divided?

People wander and find their seats as they wait for the SBC annual meeting at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, to begin on June 15, 2021. RNS photo by Kit Doyle By Ryan Burge (RNS) — The Southern Baptist Convention is gathering in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s not an exaggeration to say that it[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

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Study: Multiracial Methodist churches draw and keep more people than their white counterparts

Musicians perform during a service at Good Shepherd Church in Charlotte, South Carolina. Photo courtesy of Good Shepherd Church April 16, 2021 By Yonat Shimron (RNS) — Pastor Talbot Davis routinely knocks on doors in the neighborhoods around his Good Shepherd Church, offering to pray a blessing over a new home or a new homeowner.[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

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Study: Multiracial churches growing, but racial unity may be elusive

Diversity is a one-way street, the new study found. In nearly all cases, Blacks are joining mostly white congregations. Few whites join predominantly Black churches.

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Study finds that queer Christians quit the church twice as much as others

A study in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion strongly associated queer identity with a decision to attend church less frequently or stop going altogether.

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Can churches’ focus on race move from reconciliation to justice?

‘The evangelical pastors that we interviewed, ultimately chose racial reconciliation as their primary frame,’ a scholar said of study of multiracial church leaders.

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How humility can win the coronavirus battle, and restore trust in politics

A new study finds that individuals who are open to new ideas and recognize both the strengths of others and their own limitations, have not succumbed to political apathy or indifference. The study also suggests these intellectually humble individuals are better able to seek accurate information rather than reflexively defend their own beliefs, and to pursue discussions on critical issues with an attitude of mutual respect.

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'Nones' may be influential swing voting bloc

No political party should take the “nones” for granted, new research suggests. “Nones now have the potential to rival evangelical Protestants as a politically relevant constituency,” a sociologist stated.

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How the Mike Pence Rule challenges women in evangelical workplace

The practice of men avoiding contact with women at work out of concens of impropriety may come at a particularly high price for evangelical working women who are excluded from male-dominated social networks that are critical to professional success, a new study indicates.

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The Millennials' Loneliness Gap and the Religion Factor

Religious attendance and congregational involvement may reduce loneliness among millennials, a new study suggests.

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Studies follow uneven paths of secularization while debunking popular myths

The debate about whether the world is entering a more secular age and whether the growth of religiously non-affiliated people is hastening such secularization in part revolves around questions of timing. In other words, when did these trends start and what led to them?

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