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National Congregations Study

Courts, Churches Coming Around on LGBT Rights

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 12.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

By letting this decision, and others like it, stand, the Supreme Court seems to be recognizing the amazingly swift turnaround in public attitudes on the issue of same-sex marriage and on gay and lesbian rights, in general.

These Are The Religious Denominations That Ordain Women

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion

The stained glass ceiling is proving hard to crack--but women are refusing to give up. Although studies have shown that women are more religious ...

Religious Acceptance Of LGBT Community Is On The Rise: Study

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion

Religious congregations are warming up to LGBT issues more and more, according to the results of a recent study out of Duke University. Conducted b...

Finding the Next Joel Osteen: Keys to Selecting a New Spiritual CEO

David Briggs | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Religious communities calling a new pastor, rabbi or imam do not get the same public attention focused on the choice of the next king of late-night TV. But saying goodbye to a longtime leader and deciding on a new spiritual CEO pose special challenges for congregations.

Jaweed Kaleem

New Study Shows The Growth Of Gay-Friendly Houses Of Worship

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.14.2013 | Religion

Nearly half of houses of worship in the United States now allow gay and lesbian members who are in long-term relationships to be members, while close ...

U.S. Congregations Report Major Gains in Accepting Gays and Lesbians, Racial, Ethnic Diversity

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

America's pews are becoming dramatically more welcoming to gays and lesbians and increasingly reflective of the nation's racial and ethnic diversity, according to the latest results from a major study of U.S. congregations.