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New York mosque named top religion story of 2010

The protracted and contentious debate over plans to build an Islamic community center near Ground Zero in New York was the top religion story of 2010, according to a survey of religion journalists.
       

Gallup Poll: U.S. personal religiosity stable, influence declines

Gallup PollA new Gallup poll shows that, while personal measures of religious sentiment have remained fairly high among Americans, their membership in houses of worship continues a long decline and they increasingly believe that religion is losing influence.

       

Divide over Islam dominated religious-freedom news in 2010


Judging from end-of-year assessments published in the last few days, there seems fairly universal agreement among close observers of faith and public life that the biggest religion story of 2010 in this country was also the biggest religious-freedom story: Islam and its discontents.
       

Survey says many skip religious aspect of Christmas

The vast majority of Americans celebrate Christmas and most consider it a religious holiday, but for many Jesus isn't the only -- or even the main -- reason for the season, according to a new report by LifeWay Research.
       

Review: Film depicts struggle for peace in modern Bethlehem


A powerful new documentary, Little Town of Bethlehem, provides a glimpse into the lives of three remarkable individuals committed to non-violence as a way of bringing peace to a troubled land.

 

       

Poll: Americans split on 'Happy Holidays' vs. 'Merry Christmas'

Season's GreetingsWhile more than nine out of 10 Americans say they plan to celebrate Christmas this year, they are divided on whether businesses should use messages like "Season's Greetings" rather than "Merry Christmas," according to a new poll.

       

Study says recession catching up to churches

After two years of only moderate impact on offerings, the recession has caught up with America's churches, according to new figures by LifeWay Research.
       

Forgiveness for black church arsons theme of new drama

Marcus Gardley's latest production, Every Tongue Confess, seeks answers to the questions that swirled around the spate of arsons that hit black churches in the South in the 1990s.
       

Christmas loss: How to help

Chaplain Mark Grace vice president of mission and ministry at Baylor Health Care System, offers suggestions to churches as they seek to minister to people who have sustained loss.
       

Joy and happiness not the same thing, pastors insist

Christians can experience joy even in loss—provided they don’t confuse joy with happiness but accept it as a gift from God, several pastors noted.
       

Christmas Loss: Suggested Reading

Pastors recommended the following books as particularly helpful to people who have experienced loss and to Christians who are seeking to minister to them.
       

Faith Digest: Clergy have middling reputation

What do nurses, soldiers, pharmacists, elementary school teachers, doctors and police officers have in common? Americans say they all are more ethical and honest than members of the clergy, according to a new Gallup survey.
       

Journey of loss, grief, faith for Selah singer's family

Angie Smith and her husband, Todd, who sings with the Dove Award-winning group Selah, have experienced tragic loss and grief, but they insist their faith sustained them through life’s hardest moments.
       

Joy to the World?

Some people who have experienced significant loss in the recent past find the holiday season extremely difficult to deal with. Churches can help.
       

Author says marriage not obsolete but needs restoration

Marriage isn't obsolete, but it is getting rarer, says an evangelical social scientist who sparked controversy a year ago with articles in major publications making a case for early marriage.
       
 
 
 
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