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Study: Liberal congregations more politically active than conservative ones

By Yonat Shimron — September 18, 2020

(RNS) — The willingness of left-leaning religious congregations to engage in political activity has spiked in the Trump era, new research shows.

Is American religion exceptional? Maybe, maybe not

By Yonat Shimron — November 19, 2018

(RNS) — Dueling sociologists can’t agree on whether the most intensely religious segment of the American population is shrinking.

New research shows that women’s ordination boosts trust and commitment among some American worshippers

By Jana Riess — June 29, 2018

Women’s ordination has an effect on women in the pews, a new national study finds. Congregations that give women the potential of gender equality in leadership can increase women’s trust in, and commitment to, their religious communities.

The US: One nation not quite under God

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — March 11, 2016

(RNS) Long viewed as the most religious developed nation, America is slipping toward secularism, like the rest of the West, a new study finds.

Forget the numbers. The big story is that religion has lost social influence. (ANALYSIS)

By Arthur E. Farnsley II — May 26, 2015

(RNS) Behind the story of Christian decline and the rise of “nones” is a long-standing debate about what religion theorists call “secularization,” the broad process by which religion gradually loses its social influence.

US churches feel beat of change: More diversity, more drums

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — September 11, 2014

(RNS) Gay and lesbian acceptance, increasing racial diversity and growing spontaneity in worship are among the findings in the latest National Congregations Study.

Some Seventh-day Adventists forge ahead on women clergy

By Adelle M. Banks — December 3, 2013

(RNS) For now, statements from church headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., focus less on gender and more on concern that regional church bodies have forged ahead with their own decisions without consensus from the wider denomination.

Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan GOP ticket reflects religious shift

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — August 21, 2012

(RNS) The 2012 GOP ticket _ two Christians who are neither evangelical nor mainline Protestants _ isn't a major marker of social change, experts say, but rather a refection of today's wider, less brand-specific Christian culture. By Cathy Lynn Grossman.

Survey finds record 19 percent of religiously unaffiliated Americans

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — July 20, 2012

(RNS) Unbelief is on the uptick. People who check “None” for their religious affiliation are now nearly one in five Americans (19 percent), the highest ever documented, according to the Pew Center for the People and the Press. By Cathy Lynn Grossman.

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