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 very surprising, they could be great fodder for sermons or congregational advocacy work. (It’s also important to note that UCCers are probably a bit outside the norm of white mainliners due to being more politically progressive than other larger mainline denominations; as a result, some of these infographics may not as accurately reflect UCC-specific trends).
One particular slide that caught my eye was entitled “Individual vs. Societal Responsibility for Helping the Poor” (below). While some may have thought that religious affiliation would be a greater factor in one’s beliefs in this regard, it seems that race and ethnicity play a much larger role than religion. This is also apparent in the infographic on immigration.
Another interesting slide from PRRI this past year focused on perceptions of economic mobility. I recently read in a Pew Research report that 36 percent of young adults between 18 and 31 are living at home with their parents, the greatest percentage in four decades. Perception may indeed be reality, although I believe overall societal perceptions of what it means to be “well off” have also shifted due to inflation and other factors.
I hope you take a look at all of these infographics and find them as enlightening and relevant to the work of the church as I did. Enjoy!