Median weekend worship attendance overall decreased from 129 in 2005 to 80 in 2015, according to the Faith Communities Today
I'm Dorothy's Daughter, from a small town outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, and you blessed me with an amazing opportunity and gift, to be the US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.
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There are significant signs of dissatisfaction with organized religion among young adults, reflected both in lower service
The temptations to skip church on Sunday morning are many, from sleeping in to getting an early start on mowing the lawn
I missed the experience of the sacred. I missed the sense of communicating with a higher power. I missed the experience of the divine, the thing larger and greater than we are.
Predicting the future is fraught with difficulty in the rapidly changing, competitive marketplace of American religion. But the prospects for a turnaround in mainline Protestantism are growing fainter as the movement enters its second half-century of precipitous decline.
I once heard a lecture on the fact that it wasn't until the Christian community became accepted by the Empire that they took on the basilica, which was essentially a place for transacting business. Churches began to look like what we think of -- namely a big building.
Just as one-stop shopping behemoths such as Walmart and Amazon are fulfilling the retail needs of America's consumers, larger churches are increasingly meeting the spiritual needs of America's faithful.
As you continue to interact with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, consider exercising caution when criticizing devotional practices that are foreign or seem insufficient to another manner of worship.
One should be grateful that one can worship God without getting one's description of God just right. After all, given the plethora of beliefs about God, what are the chances that any of one of us has gotten God just right?