The portion of adults who generally do not attend church has risen sharply in the past 13 years, a Barna Group study shows. The percentage of Americans who are “unchurched” grew from 21 percent in 1991 to 34 percent in 2004.
The United Methodist Church became the largest U.S. church body to join a boycott against Taco Bell, urging the fast-food giant to improve working conditions for migrant tomato-pickers in Immokalee, Florida. Delegates to the church’s General Conference legislative meeting voted to approve the measure, without debate, May 1.
The most popular names of Episcopal parishes in the U.S. are in a virtual three-way tie between churches with the word Christ (527), St. John (524) or Trinity (520) on their signs, according to a Michigan priest who recently launched a computer-aided search through the denomination’s annual Red Book.
Two Reformed churches with shared roots in Dutch Calvinism have merged their publications divisions to streamline operations. The Christian Reformed Church, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the Reformed Church in America, based in New York City, will make the CRC’s Faith Alive Christian Resources division the primary publishing arm for both churches.
Quagmire? The Center for American Progress has a plan for getting the U.S. out of the quagmire of Iraq. For starters, the Bush administration should convene an international summit to develop a consensus on political, security and economic arrangements. An interim international group should provide oversight for Iraq until the elections scheduled for January 2005.