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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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Worship Songs and Theology

The Baptist Standard recently wrote a short piece about the ways in which theology shapes and is shaped by music within a congregation. Terry York, professor of Christian ministry and church music at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, is quoted as saying I don’t...
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Strong Leaders for Effective Congregations

A recent article in The Guardian outlines the effect that Pope Francis has had on Catholic worship attendance. Researcher Massimo Introvigne, a sociologist and head of Italy’s Centre for the Study of New Religions (Cesnur), found that 51% of 250 priests he interviewed...
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Catholic Latinos Becoming Anglican

A recent article in VirtueOnline suggests that Texas has seen a recent shift in the number of Latinos shifting from attending Catholic to Anglican mass. Throughout Anglican churches in Texas, the article suggests, one will find statues or paintings of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a...
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How to Kill a Church

Zachary Bailes at ABPNews Blog outlines a story of Noah Vale, a minister who, after a careful study of a declining congregation, developed a tongue-in-cheek checklist of how to kill a church. He writes, Assume that people are looking for a church based purely on location. Don’t...
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Eleven Things You Might Not Understand About Your Minister

Mark Love, of Mark Love Furniture, wrote a thought-provoking blog post, stating 11 Things You Might Not Understand About Your Minister. He writes, So here’s what your minister wishes you understood. Give it a read, give it some thought, and give him or her a bigger hug than usual...
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