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Treating people with unconditional hospitality, no matter what their background, is a hallmark of Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia. Four years ago, the congregation opened its doors to the surrounding community, offering worship, food and a welcoming place to gather.
Do religious institutions face a decline in public confidence? Well, yes, but the long view provides some nuance.
Jim Moose works on a table to send to families in New Orleans who lost their furniture in Hurricane Katrina. Photo courtesy New Wilmington Presbyterian Church
Don’t forget us -- tell our story. Everywhere they went in New Orleans, members of a church group from Pennsylvania heard the same plea. So they told the story -- in prose, video and poetry. Then the project got even bigger.
Mainline Protestants are uniquely positioned to reinvigorate the American church by bringing together the evangelical and social gospels, the Rev. Adam Hamilton says in an interview with local television news anchor David Crabtree.
Elaine Childs conducts Bible clubs for children in Roma villages. Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Photo
Short-term trips abroad inspire American Christians and harness their energy. But many congregations now are blending the volunteer approach with long-term, strategic partnerships.
Denominations were in financial crisis even before the rest of the world was. For the past ten years congregations' income has increased, but their giving to their denominations has decreased.