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New Sub-type of Catholicism: Charismatic Catholics

National Public Radio’s Code Switch examined the role of Charismatic Catholicism in Latino communities. A number of differences are obvious to attenders of Saint Anthony of Padua Church in the Bronx — the service is led by a woman, people are swaying and putting up...
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Whitebread Protestants – Social Food to Create Community

Chapter 2 of Whitebread Protestants: Food and Religion in American Culture by Daniel Sack focuses on food as a central mode of community organizing within America’s churches. He argues that “Americans go to church for more than teaching and prayer. They go looking for...
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Predictions for American Churches in 2014

Two recent posts (first, second) from The Christian Post outlines 14 Predictions for American Churches in 2014. In short, these predictions are: 1. Increased church acquisitions. 2. Downsizing of denominational structures. 3. Decline in conversion growth. 4. More megachurches. 5....
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Growing Churches: Religious Vitality in Canada

A recent National Post article examines Protestant mega-congregations in Canada. Broadway Church, in Vancouver Canada, shuffles 2,000 congregants through churches on a given Sunday. The large, auditorium-esq sanctuary, modern music, and casually-dressed pastor give attenders the...
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Shrinking Churches: Attendance Declines in Canada

A recent article in the Calgary Herald outlines the attendance declines in Mainline congregations in Canada. Victor Kim, the lead minister at Grace Presbyterian Church, put it this way: Mainline Protestant churches had to stop clinging to their “past ubiquity”, he said. “We kind...
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Disability in the Pews: What Does Your Community Do?

Harretz.com reports a new initiative to focus on making synagogues accessible to those with disabilities. Jay Ruderman, a philanthropist, took the stage at the URJ Biennial plenary session, asking the audience if they or someone they knew were disabled in some way. Almost...
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The Power and Superiority of “Black Worship”

In Gerardo Marti’s book, Worship Across the Racial Divide, he discusses the life and vitality of a multiethnic congregation. One of his early findings is that many members of the congregation, particularly those who are not Black, assume that “black worship” is...
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Bishop Tests Congregation’s Compassion

A Mormon bishop from Salt Lake City, David Musselman, recently transformed his appearance to that of a homeless person, attempting to better understand how people of difference were treated in his congregation. The UK Telegraph reported the story in a recent article. The article...
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Gender in the Pews

A recent article in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel explores the issue of gender in the pews. It outlines statistics that suggest that the average congregation is 60% female, and it’s even higher for Catholics, where 64% of members are female. There are a number...
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Tune In: Church Rescue

A new National Geographic Channel TV show, Church Rescue, brings a Reality-TV lens to congregational consulting The show is based in North Carolina, led by Kevin “Rev Kev” Annas, Anthony “Gladamere” Lockhart, and Jerry “Doc” Bentley. Their...
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