Growing Interreligious Relationships

Since 2000, the Hartford Seminary has conducted surveys of local religious communities in an effort to understand their composition, organization, and programs. Among the factors studied are location, demographic makeup, growth, unity and cohesion, and change over time.

The most recent study conducted by the Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership in 2005 revealed a significant increase in interreligious cooperation among religious communities- nearly three times the level in 2005. Some 22% of congregations reported participating in some kind of interfaith worship service in the past year, and more than 37% reported that they had been involved in interfaith service projects. Those numbers compare to only 7% and 8%, respectively, in 2000.There is still some distance to go before interreligious activity becomes the norm for religious communities in the US. Still, it is clear that we have entered a new development of connections and shared service that brings us together in many new ways.

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About D Andrew Kille

Editor of the Bible Workbench
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