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Young adults at dinner party

Young adults from Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto gather for a wine tasting, one of the activities that the synagogue offered to engage the next generation in temple life.
Photo courtesy of Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto

Communities of Practice connect young Jewish adults to synagogues

An initiative across the Reform movement sparked innovative ideas to engage millennial Jews in institutional religious life.

Children at a party

The Redeemed Christian Church of God, a global Nigerian Pentecostal ministry in Brooklyn, is reaching out to the next generation in a fresh way.
Photo courtesy of Mark Gornik

Mark R. Gornik and Geomon K. George: Passing down the faith in the new immigrant church

Their faith survived the journey to America, but will it continue in the next generation? Across New York City, immigrant churches are engaging young people, offering lessons for all churches in how to hand down the faith, say researchers at City Seminary of New York.

Central Congregational UCC in Atlanta, GA

The sanctuary of Central Congregational UCC in Atlanta looks out upon 8 acres of woods, which the congregation has been working to restore.
Photos courtesy of Central Congregational UCC

An Atlanta church restores its forest and helps urban residents connect with God and nature

Under the guidance of a visionary minister and an energetic lay leader, Central Congregational UCC turned its overgrown 8-acre forest into a nature preserve. The payoff has been far greater than the church expected.

Church services at Bethlehem Church

A small boy eyes the waters of baptism during worship at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Photos by T.J. Hamilton/SaboPR

A Grand Rapids church chooses people over historic space

Eight years ago, a Grand Rapids congregation left its stately but deteriorating church for a plain, empty building in a tough part of town. Today, the risk has paid off with a smaller but committed congregation heavily involved in neighborhood ministry.

Man reading a book and eating breakfast

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Jane Armstrong: People are indifferent to the church

A 2014 Canadian survey shows that many people don’t have passionate feelings about the church -- either for or against. At the same time, many have misperceptions that might keep them away from church life, says the researcher who conducted the survey.

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