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Presentation by Public Religion Research Institute CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones on April 24, 2010, at the Leading Edge Conference on Multicultural Congregations, sponsored by Middle Collegiate Church in ...

Presentation by Public Religion Research Institute CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones on April 24, 2010, at the Leading Edge Conference on Multicultural Congregations, sponsored by Middle Collegiate Church in New York. Includes data from Dr. Jones' book, Progressive & Religious, along with findings from PRRI's 2009 Religious Activists Surveys.

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  • Book lets you hear these activists, while survey lets you see the contours of this group.
  • Two internal challenges and an external challenge.
  • Word of God: 22% PRA, 83% CRA.
  • PRA: 74% struct

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  • Justice Lived in the Faith Community
    The Revival of Progressive Religious Activism
    The Leading Edge Conference, April 2010
  • The Revival of Progressive Religious Activism
    2
    Losing the Public Imagination
    2004 and the “Values Voters”
  • Progressive Religious Activists
    The Revival of Progressive Religious Activism
    Influence and Profile
    3
    Findings from the 2009 Religious Activists Surveys
    BlissInstitute for Applied Politics, University of Akron
    Public Religion Research
  • Overview of American Religious Landscape
    The Revival of Progressive Religious Activism
    4
    Source: “Faithful, Engaged, and Divergent,” Religious Activists Surveys, Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at University of Akron, Public Religion Research, 2009.
  • Not Outnumbered, but Out-Organized
    Challenges to Progressive Religious Organizing
    Diverse and Dispersed
    religious, theological, ethnic, geographic
    Timid
    Movitivated by commendable values (respect for others, separation of church and state, humility)
    Overlooked
    Conservative religious voices featured 3 to 1 in major media compared to progressive religious voices (Media Matters, 2007).
    Infrastructure: Ex. Dobson’s Focus on the Family: greater radio reach than NPR and greater print subscriber base than NYT.
    The Revival of Progressive Religious Activism
    5
  • Affiliation Diversity of Religious Activists
    The Revival of Progressive Religious Activism
    6
  • Views of Scripture
    The Revival of Progressive Religious Activism
    7
  • Theological OrientationStructural vs. Individualistic
    The Revival of Progressive Religious Activism
    8
  • Divergent Issue Priorities
    The Revival of Progressive Religious Activism
    9
  • Positions on Selected Issues
    The Revival of Progressive Religious Activism
    10
  • The Revival of Progressive Religious Activism
    The Revival of Progressive Religious Activism
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