The religious landscape in America is undergoing radical change: While approximately 83% of Americans identify themselves as Christians, only 20% attend church regularly, and somewhere between 4,000 and 7,000 churches close their doors every year. Less than 1/3 of American Jews belong to a synagogue. Meanwhile, 44% of Americans will change their religion at least once in their lifetime, and a growing share of young Americans – including the fastest growing group of American Jews – say they have no religion at all. However, meaning-making continues to be a boom industry, with many Americans continuing to gravitate to sources of wisdom and venues of spirituality. Some houses of worship have even bucked the trends to flourish in the current climate. Two friends and colleagues – one rabbi and one minister – offer a dispatch from the front-lines of making religion vital in 21st Century America.
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