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Helping Diversity Grow in American Congregations

While only 7 percent of U.S. congregations are multiracial, continuing waves of immigration are changing U.S. demographics, a fact that raises new challenges for faith communities and their leaders.  Welcoming recent immigrants is particularly challenging for traditional mainline Protestant churches, which continued to be 91 percent white in 2008. Factors that contribute to the inability of mainline Protestant churches to create multiracial congregations include lack of existing diversity, immigrant interest in creating ethnic worship communities, and the nonexistence of historic connections to mainline Protestant denominations in immigrant home countries. The failure to integrate often means local mainline congregations increasingly fail to reflect the communities within which they are located. For more about the challenge of integrating congregations, read this article from Faith & Leadership, which includes group discussion questions.

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Franklin College Master's Program Gift

"A $150,000 gift from Drs. Leonard and Teresa Bissonnette will help support Franklin College's new Master of Science in...

Working Hands

The Work of the Hands by Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros ... It’s with open hands that we welcome the stranger, open up...

International Peacemaker on Syrian Refugee Crisis at Union Seminary

Dr. Mary Mikhael, a native of Syria, will visit Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond October 3, 2018, to address the...

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Review rank-ordered data on religion in the U.S. and around the world. Includes the latest data from the Religious Congregations & Membership Study, 2010

 

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