Religious institution membership falls below majority for first time

Mar 31, 2021
As many Americans celebrate Easter and Passover, religious institutions are still dealing with interruptions due to COVID-19.
According to new data from Gallup, for the first time ever, people who belong to a church, synagogue or mosque are in the minority, making up less than 50% of the population.
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How COVID-19 is changing church

“There’s an opportunity to rethink church, and I hope we take it,” says the Rev. Chris Butler, a Chicago-based pastor.
The Rev. Chris Butler outside Chicago Embassy Church Network in South Holland, Illinois.
Photo by Tanikia Carpenter, courtesy of Chicago Embassy Church Network

What's behind millennials' obsession with astrology?

Feb 25, 2020
Sixty percent of them believe in New Age spirituality.
Co-Star has gained popularity on social media, as users post memes of their horoscopes.
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Business is getting personal as values take over the workplace

Jun 3, 2019
From meat-free corporate culture to climate activism, personal beliefs are moving front and center in the professional world.
A WeWork co-working location in Tokyo.
WeWork

The business of Rev. Billy Graham

Mar 2, 2018
How America's pastor built a multimillion-dollar corporation.

Somali refugees seek integration into rural Minnesota

Jun 19, 2017
Groups in and around the St. Cloud area are teaching locals about some of their newer neighbors.
Somali-born author, college instructor and business consultant Hudda Ibrahim addresses a class on "Somali Lives and Culture" at the College of Saint Benedict, near St. Cloud, Minnesota.
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Despite Spain's economic woes, families still go all out for first communion parties

May 17, 2017
The celebration, like a small wedding, takes months to plan and can cost a few thousand dollars.
Arxé Moda is one of many clothing stores in Barcelona that specializes in custom-made dresses for first communions. The bridal-like gowns can cost anywhere from $400 to $500.
Lucia Benavides

Studios find new ways to sell faith-based films

Apr 14, 2017
But like all movies, good word of the mouth is the best marketing of all.
Actor Mike Vogel in "The Case for Christ."
Photo courtesy of Pure Flix Entertainment

Nashville's neighborhood churches weigh whether to sell or stay

Apr 7, 2017
“I told the realtor: ‘I don’t even want to know what you’re willing to offer,'" one pastor said.
Family Affair Ministries in South Inglewood is selling its property for $3.5 million, seven times more than its 2001 purchase price.
Meribah Knight