Duke University releases National Congregations Study

Duke University released today its latest National Congregations Study that revealed Gays are more accepting and church folk want more entertainment less doctrine. I found it extremely interesting, check it out:

The latest National Congregations Study finds a growing acceptance of gays and lesbians in most American congregations
The willingness of religious congregations to welcome homosexuals as members — and place them in leadership positions — is on the rise, according to a new Duke University study.

Data from the newest wave of the National Congregations Study show that from 2006 to 2012, the number of congregations accepting gay and lesbian members increased from 37.4 percent to 48 percent.

In that same six-year time frame, the number of congregations open to gays and lesbians in volunteer leadership roles rose from about 18 percent to 26.4 percent.

These and other study findings on racial diversity, informality in worship, congregation membership and related issues mirror ongoing shifts in the broader American culture, said Mark Chaves, a Duke professor of sociology, religious studies, and divinity. Chaves directs the study; these 2012 results are from its third wave of data, following surveys in 1998 and 2006.

“The increasing acceptance of gays and lesbians is a well-known trend in America,” Chaves said. “Churches are no exception.”

The article containing these latest findings is available online now and will be published in the December 2014 issue of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Chaves’ findings derive from interviews with representatives of 1,331 American churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and other houses of worship.

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