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Study: Multiracial churches growing, but racial unity may be elusive

By Yonat Shimron — November 12, 2020
(RNS) — Diversity is a one-way street, the new study found. In nearly all cases, Blacks are joining mostly white congregations. Few whites join predominantly Black churches.

The GOP’s Catholic voter problem

By Ryan Burge — November 6, 2020
(RNS) — It’s no coincidence that three Rust Belt states with large populations of Catholics helped put the Democrats back in the White House in January of 2021.

Study finds that queer Christians quit the church twice as much as others

By Kathryn Post — November 6, 2020
(RNS) — A study in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion strongly associated queer identity with a decision to attend church less frequently or stop going altogether.

Report: Megachurches continue to grow and diversify, steer clear of politics

By Bob Smietana — October 29, 2020
(RNS) — A look at megachurches over the past five years finds that most have grown larger and more diverse and become less likely to call themselves evangelical.

How Christian nationalism may determine whether you wear a mask

By Jack Jenkins — October 9, 2020
(RNS) — Republican or Democrat, whether or not you social distance likely has more to do with whether you feel the U.S. is under threat from others not like you.

Are Democrats ‘spiritual’ and Republicans ‘religious’? It’s not that simple.

By Ryan Burge — October 6, 2020
(RNS) — A new survey suggests that the 'God gap' may actually be better defined as a spirituality gap. But there is plenty of room on both sides for peace, inspiration and love.

Most congregations are doing all right during COVID-19. But the future is uncertain.

By Bob Smietana — October 1, 2020
(RNS) — A new study from the Lake Institute on faith and giving found that congregations’ giving was holding up during the pandemic, but barely half had met in person.

Why porn’s negative personal consequences are often really about religion

By Samuel L. Perry — September 4, 2020
(RNS) — Evangelicals' feeling about porn may well be influencing public policy as mostly red states have increasingly sought to declare pornography a ‘public health crisis.'

Can churches’ focus on race move from reconciliation to justice?

By Adelle M. Banks — July 29, 2020
(RNS) — ‘The evangelical pastors that we interviewed, ultimately chose racial reconciliation as their primary frame,’ a scholar said of study of multiracial church leaders.
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