Thoughts on Being a Religious Researcher

In early 1971, I got the happy news that Hartford Seminary had awarded me a two-year “traveling fellowship” for doctoral studies anywhere in the world (except Hartford Seminary).  This had not been my plan. I was finishing my Master of Divinity degree at Hartford and preparing to seek a position in urban ministry.  It was…

New Blog Contributors

CARD is excited to introduce three new contributors to our blog! They will offer more detailed introductions as part of their first posts, but here is a little bit of information about each of these amazing individuals to whet your appetite: Rev. Dr. William (Bill) McKinney is President Emeritus of the Pacific School of Religion…

Faith and Volunteering

Religion and Volunteering: What Motivates People of Faith to Serve Thy Neighbor This is a great summary article from ARDA on research that uses data from a number of sources. While the article doesn’t offer any surprises as to why people of faith tend to volunteer more, it does solidify what we might intuitively think…

New Spirit Community Church: An Appreciation

New Spirit Community Church: An Appreciation Rev. Dr. Bill McKinney, President Emeritus of Pacific School of Religion (PSR) and former UCC denominational researcher, has written a reflection through his PSR blog about New Spirit Community Church, a congregation that was birthed in 2000 and recently closed. Bill’s insightful observations of the worshiping community, as well…

The Gender Category

Most individual surveys ask a question about one’s gender or sex (and many conflate these two constructs as being one and the same). Researchers–especially those of us who develop surveys–often have a difficult time determining the most helpful categories for analysis. This is particularly true for those of us in the UCC who strive to…

Religion and Politics in 2013: An Infographic Slideshow

As many other organizations have done in recent weeks, the Public Religion Research Institute released a compilation slideshow of infographics that highlighted trends and research this past year. It’s interesting to look at the slides that compare faith groups and to see where white mainline Protestants fall on various issues. While none of these graphics are…