Posts Tagged ‘Presbyterian’

A religion scholar who changed lives: The grace of Deborah Bruce

In a world where humility is considered more a weakness than a virtue, she was self-effacing and dedicated to serving others. In a profession where information can be guarded to serve institutional or personal concerns, she leaves behind a rich collection of data on American religion. In a culture where polarization can lead to despair for those committed to sharing uncomfortable truths, she responded with respect and good humor. A lot of us are going to miss Deborah Bruce, the project manager of the U.S. Congregational Life Survey

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Religion in sickness and in health

One of the goods emerging from the debate over health care in the United States is all the healthy information emerging amid the often polarizing political rhetoric.Research on religion and well-being can play a key role in the conversation on public and private health issues. Some new research sheds light on mortality rates and religion, where religious consumers turn to in moments of crisis and the growing number of Americans unaffiliated with religion who say they want their funeral to be a secular affair.

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The mighty have fallen: Is it time to redefine the mainline?

Mainline, oldline or sideline. Mainstream, standard brand or traditional. Progressive, liberal or moderate. The continuing decline of Protestant denominations that once set the agenda for American civil religion is forcing new ways of thinking about how to define the group of churches long described as “the mainline.“

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