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Evangelicals and non-mainline Protestants are the least familiar with liturgy among U.S. Christian traditions, according to a Barna Group report released on Feb. 13. Only 19 percent of self-identified evangelicals said they were very familiar with liturgy, just one percentage point above Protestant non-mainline respondents (18 percent). By comparison, 49 percent of Catholics and 37 […] Read More

“Fragile communities” in the U.S. lack opportunities for economic and social mobility, according to a new report published by Gallup, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the Center for Advancing Opportunity, the Charles Koch Foundation and Koch Industries. Fragile communities are defined as “areas with high proportions of residents who struggle financially in their daily lives […] Read More

The number of persons with a severe mental illness (SMI) in U.S. jails is growing, requiring treatment services most jails are unprepared to offer, according to a report by The Pew Charitable Trusts released on Jan. 24. “Although the central purpose of jails is to detain people who engage in criminal behavior and pose a […] Read More

Forty-one percent of U.S. children lived in low-income households in 2016, according to newly published research from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Of these 41 percent, 19 percent lived in poor households and 22 percent in near poor homes. The categories are related to […] Read More

Ongoing violence in South Sudan is projected to result in “Africa’s largest refugee crisis since the mid-1990s,” the United Nations announced on Feb. 1. “The human cost of the South Sudan conflict has reached epic proportions,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. “If the war doesn’t stop, refugee numbers will rise from […] Read More

“Violence promoted and carried out in the name of religion” must always be condemned, Pope Francis stated on Feb. 2 at a conference focused on this subject. “The religious person knows that among the greatest blasphemies is to invoke God as the justification for one’s own sins and crimes, to invoke him in order to […] Read More

A “Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty,” signed by more than 80 U.S. faith leaders, was sent to members of Congress on Jan. 29. Poverty and racism in the U.S. are inextricable, the declaration noted, and “they are theological issues for us, not merely political or partisan ones.” Racism is a refutation of Genesis 1’s […] Read More

Atheism is most common among Generation Z, while Christian affiliation is most common among Boomers and Elders, according to a Barna Group report released on Jan. 24. Thirteen percent of respondents in Generation Z (born 1999 to 2015) said they are atheists. By comparison, 7 percent of Millennials (born 1984 to 1998), 6 percent of […] Read More

Illicit massage businesses (IMBs), often called “massage parlors,” are often a cover for human trafficking (sex and labor) operations in the U.S., according to a new Polaris Project report released on Jan. 17. There are more than 9,000 IMBs currently operating in the U.S., according to Polaris estimates, with an annual revenue stream of $2.5 […] Read More

The wealthiest 1 percent of the global population secured 82 percent of the global wealth created in 2017, according to an Oxfam International report published on Jan. 21, while 3.7 billion adults saw no wealth increase. Oxfam is a nonprofit organization that works in more than 90 nations “to tackle the root causes of poverty […] Read More