Telling A Story and Making It Plain (Using Data)

In the Hebrew scriptures, God told the prophet Habakkuk to “write the vision and make it plain” (Habakkuk 2:2). In the same sense, pastors are called to this work; and, I would argue, so are researchers. Any individual who collects data and is also tasked with interpreting that data to others must develop the skill…

Faith & the American Dream

I write this post from somewhere over the North Pacific Ocean, west of the Aleutian Islands and near the Kamchatka Peninsula according to the inflight map which all my friends who often fly long distances tell me you should never look at because doing so makes the flight seem even longer. I am thoroughly convinced…

Latinos in the UCC

Recently, all staff in the United Church of Christ’s national offices participated in a diversity training session. Part of the training included a “Diversity Quiz,” and one of the questions asked for our best guess regarding the percentage of Latinos/Hispanics in the U.S. The answer, not surprisingly, was 16.9% as of 2012, according to the…

Pew Research Center’s “The Next America”

In April, the Pew Research Center announced the publication of a new book entitled The Next America, which summarizes surveys and statistical analyses that have been conducted over the past several years on various demographic trends in the U.S. As part of this book release, Pew has also created a website with interactive data on the…