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Back to Normal? Or a New Beginning?

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 11:00pm

Emily C. Heath

We are only just beginning the journey of the season of Resurrection.

April 5, 2015: Easter Vigil (Year B)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 3:00am
22 readings - see the Easter Vigil page for full list

April 5, 2015: Resurrection of the Lord (Year B)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 3:00am
Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 25:6-9 * Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 * 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 or Acts 10:34-43 * John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8

April 5, 2015: Easter Evening (Year B)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 3:00am
Isaiah 25:6-9 * Psalm 114 * 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 * Luke 24:13-49

And Peter

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 11:00pm

Mary Luti

And Peter—possibly the two most poignant words in scripture

April 4, 2015: Holy Saturday (Year B)

Lectionary Readings - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 3:00am
Job 14:1-14 or Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24 * Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 * 1 Peter 4:1-8 * Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42

Harrow

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 11:00pm

Quinn G. Caldwell

Holy Saturday is a day for silence.

April 3, 2015: Good Friday (Year B)

Lectionary Readings - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 3:00am
Isaiah 52:13-53:12 * Psalm 22 * Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 * John 18:1-19:42

It Is Finished

UCC Daily Devotional - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:00pm

Anthony B. Robinson

Today's reading, John 18: 1 – 19: 42, is a long one.  On this Good Friday you might want to find a time to read it all through slowly, and to sit with this story.

Commentary: Following the Risen Christ in the 21st Century

United Church of Christ - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:27pm

During Lent, I invited my church (Prospect UCC in Seattle) to read Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate and to see the film The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism, and Community. As we celebrate Christ surviving the cross, we must also explore what it means to follow that risen Christ in the face of climate change in the 21st century.

Number of Muslims Worldwide Expected to Nearly Equal Number of Christians by 2050; Religiously Unaffiliated Will Make Up Declining Share of World’s Population

Pew Forum Religious News Headlines - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:40am
Media Contact: Katherine Ritchey, Communications Manager 202-419-4372, kritchey@pewresearch.org Washington, April 2, 2015 — The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among the world’s major religions, as well as by people switching faiths. Over the next four decades, Christians will continue to […]

Christians

Pew Forum Religious News Headlines - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:30am
The world’s Christian population is expected to grow from 2.2 billion in 2010 to 2.9 billion in 2050.39 Nearly one-in-three people worldwide (31%) are expected to be Christian at mid-century, the same share as in 2010. While the overall share of the world’s population that is Christian is expected to remain relatively steady, the regional […]

Middle East-North Africa

Pew Forum Religious News Headlines - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:30am
More than nine-in-ten people in the Middle East and North Africa were Muslim as of 2010 (93%), and the share of the region’s population that is Muslim is expected to be slightly higher in 2050 (94%). The Middle East-North Africa region’s Muslim population is expected to grow by 74% from 2010 to 2050, from 317 […]

Other Religions

Pew Forum Religious News Headlines - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:30am
In 2010, 0.8% of the world’s population belonged to religious groups not classified elsewhere in this report. By 2050, adherents of other religions are expected to decline slightly as a share of the world’s population (to 0.7%). This “other religions” category includes followers of religions that are not specifically measured in surveys and censuses in […]

The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050

Pew Forum Religious News Headlines - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:30am
As of 2010, nearly a third of the world's population identified as Christian. But if demographic trends persist, Islam will close the gap by the middle of the 21st century.

Adherents of Folk Religions

Pew Forum Religious News Headlines - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:30am
An estimated 405 million people – or about 6% of the world’s population – were adherents of folk or traditional religions in 2010, and that number is expected to grow to 450 million by 2050. This increase will not keep pace with overall population growth, however, and the folk religion population is expected to drop […]

Europe

Pew Forum Religious News Headlines - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:30am
Europe is the only region projected to see a decline in its total population between 2010 and 2050. Although Christians will continue to be the largest religious group in the region, Europe’s Christian population is expected to drop by about 100 million people, falling from 553 million in 2010 to 454 million in 2050.58 Europe’s […]

Religious Composition by Country, 2010-2050

Pew Forum Religious News Headlines - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:30am
Explore the estimated religious composition of 198 countries and territories for 2010 to 2050.

Religiously Unaffiliated

Pew Forum Religious News Headlines - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:30am
During the next few decades, the number of religiously unaffiliated people around the world is projected to grow modestly, rising from about 1.1 billion in 2010 to a peak of more than 1.2 billion in 2040 and then dropping back slightly.42 Over the same 40-year period, however, the overall global population is expected to increase […]