Secular communities increasingly fulfill religious functions and new religious communities barely resemble their institutional forebears. Meanwhile, 3,500 churches close each year. To organized religions in crisis, this report issues a challenge: how might they transform to meet a rising generation?
Based on numerous interviews with denominational leaders and innovators, this report opens up a broader conversation, in particular with three groups:
● Leaders of religious institutions who accept that change is necessary
● Innovators at the edges of religious traditions
● Leaders of secular communities who are considering the religious aspects of their work
Something More offers ten case studies of innovative communities from across faith traditions. All use practices and language that align them with a religious heritage, even when they have no formal connection to a denominational body. Most importantly, all cultivate a connection to that which forms the ground of our being.