A national project aims to understand the impact of the pandemic on the church attendance, giving, staffing, and church leadership. Most of us are aware of the effects of COVID on our home church. Many of us have heard accounts of various other churches through conversations with friends and colleagues. But it is hard to know what these individual stories mean for the church as a whole. The National COVID-19 Church Attendance Project (NCCAP) represents our efforts to try to see the bigger picture. By gathering as many individual church stories as possible, from all over the country, we aim…

In good news this week: Public awareness efforts from traffic safety offices have led to another year with fewer driving deaths.

In good news this week: South America’s deforestation rates have declined and Europe and Asia are gaining trees – plus more positive headlines.

In good news this week: South America’s deforestation rates have declined and Europe and Asia are gaining trees – plus more positive headlines.

The good news and bad news about Generation Z’s unexpected religious trends. By now, we’ve all heard about the rise of the “nones.” Every year there seems to be another round of survey data indicating that the religiously unaffiliated in the US have jumped another percentage point or two. But some recent findings about Generation Z may challenge that narrative, suggesting that the share of the nones may be leveling off. The oldest members of Gen Z were born in 1995, which means that they joined survey populations when they turned 18, starting in 2013. It would be fair to…

Often the media focus on economic challenges, such as inequality and poverty. That’s important, but so is taking note of real progress.