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A new piece over at the CNN BeliefBlog tells a story of disconnect. What they’re saying is this:  most religious groups are against abortion, but don’t necessarily want to overturn Roe v. Wade: Here are some stats.  See what you think: 53% of while evangelicals favor completely overturning Roe v. Wade. That’s evangelicals.  But now look at these: 76% of white protestants 65% of black Protestants 64% of white Catholics say the ruling should NOT be overturned. But when asked if abortion is morally wrong: 73% of white evangelicals said yes 58% of  black Protestants said yes 58% of Catholics said yes 36% of white Protestants The synopsis:  “What is interesting about this aspect of abortion attitudes is that while many people find abortion to be problematic, they may either personally feel it is wrong or favor greater restrictions. Overturning Roe v. Wade is not nearly as supported an idea,” said Michael Dimock, director at the Pew Research Center. “The vast majority of evangelicals say they see abortion as morally wrong, but barely a majority say that they want to see Roe v. Wade overturned.” What do YOU think? Is this a disconnect? Do you think Roe v. Wade will EVER be overturned?  Should it?
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The New York Times has just published a piece looking at trends in the U. S. church.  It’s an interesting read: DALLAS — The mural painted on the side of a building in the Deep Ellum warehouse district here is intentionally vague, simply showing a faceless man in a suit holding an umbrella over the words “Life in Deep Ellum.” Inside there are the trappings of a revitalization project, including an art gallery, a yoga studio and a business incubator, sharing the building with a coffee shop and a performance space.
But it is, in fact, a church. Life in Deep Ellum is part of a wave of experimentation around the country by evangelicals to reinvent “church” in an increasingly secular culture, and it comes as the megachurch boom of recent decades, with stadium seating for huge crowds, Jumbotrons and smoke machines, faces strong headwinds. A national decline in church attendance, the struggling economy and the challenges of marketing to millennials have all led to the need for new approaches. “It’s unsettling for a movement that’s lasted 2,000 years to now find that, ‘Oh, some of the things we always assumed would connect with the community aren’t connecting with everyone in the community in the way they used to,’ ” said Warren Bird, the director of research for the Leadership Network, a firm that tracks church trends. According to a recent report by the Pew Research Center, the percentage of Americans who are not affiliated with any religion is on the rise, including a third of Americans under 30. Even so, nearly 80 percent of unaffiliated Americans say they believe in God, and close to half say they pray at least once a month. The “spiritual but not religious” category is an important audience that evangelical leaders hope to reach in a culture that many believers call “post-Christian.” So they arrange meetings in movie theaters, schools, warehouses and downtown entertainment districts. They house exercise studios and coffee shops to draw more traffic. Many have even cast aside the words “church” and “church service” in favor of terms like “spiritual communities” and “gatherings,” with services that do not stick to any script. // Read more here…
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