Religion: Downgrade?

This year, for the first time since World War II, the increase in U.S. church membership failed to keep pace with the population increase. The latest edition of the National Council of Churches Yearbook of American Churches, out this week, reports that church and synagogue enrollment rose only 0.9%. while the population increase is estimated at 1.7%. Last year's enrollment jump was 3%—nearly double that of the population rise.

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