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Shifting politics and boosted technology were taking hold in some congregations pre-pandemic

While congregational life for many has been altered in the last two years by COVID-19, the latest iteration of the National Congregations Study shows that changes were already underway in faith communities.

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My church is a beautiful waste of money

By the metrics of business management and capitalism, the work of churches and pastors is redundant.

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November 16, 2021

Michael Plekon: Stories tell you about the struggle to keep being the church

Church decline can’t be denied, but there is hope in the many stories of resurrection, says a sociologist and Orthodox priest.

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Churches in the nation’s capital seek to balance welcome and security

After a fire, protests and the tear-gassing of peaceful demonstrators, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., boarded up its stained-glass windows and reluctantly agreed to the installation of a chain-link fence. But the congregation is finding ways for their building to remain a place of welcome and refuge, as are others in the city.

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