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On HBCU Sunday, adult members of Alfred Street Baptist Church show up wearing school colors or paraphernalia representing their Greek affiliations. Photos and video courtesy of Alfred Street Baptist Church

With a spirit of 'irrational generosity,' a church helps pay the debts of Howard University seniors and sustain a historic connection to HBCUs

Alfred Street Baptist Church has a long history of supporting college students and historically black colleges and universities. So when a churchwide fast in January yielded $150,000, they knew where to invest it: in future leaders.

Authors Dori Baker, first row, second from right, and Tobin Belzer, top row, far right, with the young adults trained as "holy listeners" who interviewed their peers as part of an initiative to attract young adults to church. Photo courtesy of Dori Baker

Dori Baker and Tobin Belzer: Holy listening helps connect young adults

Sharing stories -- and listening deeply to one another -- is at the heart of a new research initiative that seeks to help churches launch ministries to attract young adults.

Several generations sitting together in church

Churches today may have as many as five generations among their members.  Differences between people of different ages can be a source of friction and also an  opportunity for growth.

Haydn Shaw: Churches need to improve their generational IQ

In churches, as in the workplace, generational differences are a challenge. Understanding those differences helps congregations ask the right questions, says the author of two books on generational issues.

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.

Kevah Teaching Fellowship cohort

Kevah supports small group learning by matching interested groups of people with trained Jewish educators. Some of these teachers are trained by Kevah, others already are professionals. Here the Kevah teaching fellowship cohort gathers with Kevah founder Sara Bamberger (in red headscarf) and Rabbi David Kasher (right front).
Photos by Laura Turbow

Kevah offers a DIY approach to Jewish millennials

A startup in California has adapted the small group model to Jewish life, offering support for people to study ancient texts in community. The approach is attracting both young and old, the unaffiliated as well as synagogue members.