Americans remain remarkably religious in both belief and practice. However, recent research shows that every indicator of traditional religiosity is either stable or declining -- with none on the rise -- suggesting that American religion has slowly but unmistakably declined in recent decades.
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For Baptists in Virginia, these new ways of doing church are quite old.
Efrem Smith uses hip-hop music in church, but it’s not a marketing gimmick. For this pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church, embracing hip-hop culture is an expression of his theology and a means of achieving the goal of his ministry: a church that’s a mosaic of all kinds of people.
Christian leaders -- Orthodox and others -- are challenged to translate love into a day-to-day life in which people are isolated, says the assistant chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
In the future, denominational missions will be understood as work shared with partners around the world, says the executive minister of the United Church of Christ's Wider Church Ministries.
Denominations are distinctive traditions within one Body of Christ, and terms like “Methodist” and “Presbyterian” are adjectives that qualify the word “Christian,” says the former general secretary of the National Council of Churches.