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How has COVID-19 changed congregational life?

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Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations: Innovation Amidst and Beyond COVID-19 is a five-year research project funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and led by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. The focus of this expansive initiative is to research, collect, and disseminate data about the possible changes and long-term implications the pandemic might have on religious life across the United States. Through this centralized online hub, congregational and denominational leaders, religious scholars, and the general public will have free access to a growing repository of curated resources, practical tools, and guidance—drawn from our own research and from our cross-denominational partners.

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Our project is gathering both broad, nationally representative surveys and detailed ethnographic case studies of how religious congregations are changing and adapting in the wake of COVID-19.

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Use of our findings is free and readily available to clergy, scholars and the wider public to equip them with practical tools and resources.

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Whether you are a church leader, a denominational executive or an academic researcher exploring the religious reality during and after the pandemic, we welcome your involvement.

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Friday, July 22, 2022

How the Digital Divide & Digital Reluctance Impact Churches During the Covid-19 Pandemic

by Emmy Riordan and Heidi A Campbell The following guest post was submitted by the Network of New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies, one of our collaborating organizations. Interested in

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Friday, July 22, 2022

How the Digital Divide & Digital Reluctance Impact Churches During the Covid-19 Pandemic

by Emmy Riordan and Heidi A Campbell The following guest post was submitted by the Network of New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies, one of our collaborating organizations. Interested in

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Monday, July 11, 2022

Facing COVID and Other Crises, Boulder Church Learns to Listen, Adapt

By Tracy Simmons Origami butterflies with the names of those who died from COVID hang from the rafters of First Congregational Church, UCC in Boulder, Colorado/Contributed Like most congregatio

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