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One Third Of New York Catholic Churches Will Merge Or Close

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) The Archdiocese of New York, with the second-largest Catholic population in the country and an unparalleled place in U.S. church histor...

'Mass Mobs' Are Taking Over Detroit's Catholic Churches

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

It’s a plan with mass appeal. With all the fervor of a typical “flash mob,” faithful Catholics in Michigan are joining "Mass Mobs" to fill th...

The Power of Religion to Restrain Conflict

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Even in secular contexts, people of faith can work together to encourage or discourage warfare. As violence has escalated in Israel and Gaza, an international campaign for peace has been launched, involving Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

12 Pastor Stunts To Get Your Attention

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

(RNS) A California pastor made headlines this month when he announced that he will live like an atheist for a year to see what it’s like on the othe...

Former Archbishop Warns Of Possible Extinction For Church Of England

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A former archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the Church of England faces extinction in less than 25 years unless it can...

Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I counsel church leaders within every denomination in America, having crisscrossed this country for nearly two decades counseling congregations as small as two hundred in attendance to churches averaging nearly 20,000 in weekly attendance.

Squibs at Work

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.17.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

For an entire month, there was the picture of an overstuffed chair by a fireplace on a billboard located next to the busy highway going into the downt...

5 Reasons to Attend Church Regularly

Rick McDaniel | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

I believe that going to church is something that is extremely valuable, is extremely important and is something that should be practiced by anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ.

British Church Attendance Stabilizes After Years Of Decline

Posted 05.10.2013 | Religion

By Trevor Grundy Religion News Service CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The number of people attending Sunday services at Britain’s Anglican churches i...

Who Is Winning The Competition Between Sports And Religion?

David Briggs | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

Survive and advance is one mantra of teams in the NCAA basketball tournament culminating in the Final Four. One strategy for churches struggling in a sports-obsessed culture may be a similar strategy: Adapt and advance.

Reflection On The Rise Of The 'Nones' From Someone Who Should Probably Be One

Cameron Nations | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Cameron Nations

I'm 23, recite the Creed without crossing my fingers, and think seriously and critically about my faith. Furthermore, not only am I in seminary to be an ordained minister, but -- GASP! -- I'm also doing so in a mainline denomination. How can this be? It defies all logic!

Why We're Leaving Church: A Report From The Nones

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 12.16.2012 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

"People don't want to have to side with the church and against their friends who are Buddhist or Muslim or Jewish or agnostic."

Have Americans Turned Against Religion?

Nigel Barber | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Although 64 percent of young American adults say they believe in God (and only 25 percent lack a religious affiliation), their attitudes to religion show unmistakable signs of secularism.

Finding Spiritual Community Outside of Church

Mark Sandlin | Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

With a beer in one hand and lyrics to old hymns in the other, we let go of all of the trappings of what people think, how they are dressed and a myriad of other completely useless measurements of faith.

How Religious Are Americans, Really?!

Nigel Barber | Posted 08.26.2012 | Science
Nigel Barber

Religion remains stronger here than in Europe whether one looks at objective evidence or self reports. But that is not saying much.

'Ain't Gonna Go To Church No More,' Says Minister

Mark Sandlin | Posted 08.26.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

Why am I not going to church? Because a great deal of the people with whom I'd like to figure out how to be in ministry don't. They're not heathen. They're -- well, just like me, except they have Sundays off.

Church-Goers Now A Minority In America

John Shook, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
John Shook, Ph.D.

One measure of the decline of church strength and authority is church membership and attendance. And by that measure, US secularity is rising to surprising heights.

From Organized Religion To Disorganized Religion

Chris Ladd | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Chris Ladd

The thundering roar of American Bible-thumping may be drowning out the patter of footsteps leaving the pews. America may be trailing Europe, but it seems be on the same path.

The End Of Church

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 04.19.2012 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Large numbers of Americans are hankering for experiential faith whereby they can connect with God, the divine, or wonder as well as with their neighbors and that lead to a more profound sense of meaning in the world.

What Effect Does Church Have On People's Lives?

Posted 01.15.2012 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Almost half of churchgoing Americans say their life has not changed a bit due to their time in the ...

Church Is Not Fading, Says Head Of U.S. Catholic Bishops

AP | By RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion

BALTIMORE -- The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says the church should not be dismissed as an outmoded bureaucracy. Archbishop ...

Report Says Trends For U.S. Churches Mostly Pointing Down

Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) American congregations have grown less healthy in the last decade, with fewer people in the pews an...

Church Attendance Dropping Among Less-Educated White Americans

Posted 10.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service (RNS) A new study reporting that white Americans without college degrees are dropping out of church fast...

HuffPost Religion Round-Up: August 14-21

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.21.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

World Youth Day, Crown Heights, Ramadan Reflections, Women Religious Leaders, Orthodox Gays And Lesbians Marrying Each Other, and Kiddie Preachers.. It has been a busy week on HuffPost Religion.

Jaweed Kaleem

Americans Have Lost Faith In Clergy, New Book Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion

When surveyed, almost all Americans say they believe in God, a majority say they pray and more than a third say they go to religious services every we...