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Unitarian Universalists see chance for growth in growth of secularism

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Unitarian Universalists grew nationally by 15.8 percent from 2000 to 2010, and while they remain small in total numbers with about 211,000 adherents nationwide, Unitarians believe their open-minded faith has a bright future as an alternative to more exclusive brands of religion. By Bob Smietana/USA Today.

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GUEST COMMENTARY: When religion and spirituality collide

The Anglican fight over gay clergy is usually framed as a left and right conflict, part of the larger saga of political division. But this narrative obscures a more significant tension in Western societies: the increasing gap between spirituality and religion, and the failure of traditional religious institutions to learn from the divide. By Diana Butler Bass.