“I’m Exhausted All the Time”: Exploring the Factors Contributing to Growing Clergy Discontentment

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Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations: Innovation Amidst and Beyond COVID-19 is a five-year research project funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and led by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. The focus of this expansive initiative is to research, collect, and disseminate data about the possible changes and long-term implications the pandemic might have on religious life across the United States. Through this centralized online hub, congregational and denominational leaders, religious scholars, and the general public will have free access to a growing repository of curated resources, practical tools, and guidance—drawn from our own research and from our cross-denominational partners.


Thursday, January 11, 2024

“I’m Exhausted All the Time”: Exploring the Factors Contributing to Growing Clergy Discontentment

The Hartford Institute for Religion Research has released a study finding high levels of discontentment among Christian clergy in the U.S.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

VIDEO: Multifaith Patterns

In this webinar co-sponsored by Faith Communities Today, learn about the ways different faith groups have responded to the challenges of the pandemic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyZYn7n_nWc

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Monday, January 22, 2024

The Spirit of Latino Churches: How Compassion and Community Keep Congregations Vibrant

The future is Latino - and the nation's places of worship are starting to reflect this truth.

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