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  • Religion News: Signing up for National Back to Church Sunday

  • Weekly Religion News on how to get your church involved in National Back to Church Sunday, which takes place in September, "For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada: The Cristero War and Mexico's Struggle for Religious Freedom” by Ruben Quezada and more.

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  • As part of a growing national movement to ignite spiritual awakening in America, more than 14,000 churches are expected to invite people to come back to church on National Back To Church Sunday, Sept. 16.
    In 2011, more than 7,600 churches representing 34 denominations participated in the nationwide effort to reach out to their communities, inviting millions of people to attend church. As a result, the churches welcomed an average of 34 new visitors and experienced an average 25 percent increase in attendance.
    To get your church involved, sign up at www.BacktoChurch.com and begin taking steps now to encourage members to get out of their comfort zones and invite someone to church on Sept. 16.
    The Back to Church 2012 Church Kit is available at http://BacktoChurch.com/store. The website also gives individuals an opportunity to extend electronic invitations to church to friends, relatives and colleagues.
    Many churches are using their own Facebook pages, as well as videos posted on YouTube and Vimeo, to encourage participation. Organizers can exchange ideas on the National Back to Church Sunday Facebook page (www.facebook.com/backtochurch).
    A list of participating churches is available at www.BacktoChurch.com/roster. As churches register their participation, their names and locations are added to the roster, allowing people to easily find a church to attend on that special Sunday.
    -- ReligionNews.com
    Week in Religion
    July 11, 1967, the Vatican reported that Albania had closed its last Roman Catholic church.
    July 12, 1843, Mormon church founder Joseph Smith announced that a divine revelation had been given to him, sanctioning polygamy among his newly organized religious followers.
    July 13, 1815, President John Adams wrote in a letter: "The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist... I should still believe fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations."
    -- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church
    Survey Says
    Three-quarters of Mormons (77 percent) say they attend church at least once a week, 79 percent say they donate 10 percent of their earnings to the church, 83 percent say they pray every day and fully 98 percent say they believe in the resurrection of Jesus.
    -- Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
    Good Book?
    "For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada: The Cristero War and Mexico's Struggle for Religious Freedom” by Ruben Quezada
    Many people of faith today are asking, "What is the price of religious liberty?" In the 1920s, many Catholics in Mexico answered this crucial question with the cost of their very lives. The new major motion picture "For Greater Glory" tells the epic tale of Mexico's heroic struggle for religious freedom in a little-known conflict called the Cristero War, but many questions still remain. Now you'll go much deeper into the history behind the movie with this fact-filled companion book, and you'll gain important insight into the on-going fight for religious freedom today.
    Page 2 of 2 - -- Ignatius Press
    Quote of the week
    “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” -- C.S. Lewis
    The Word
    nones: An increasingly popular term for people who answer “none of the above” in surveys that ask them to categorize what religion they follow. Many nones say they believe in God and/or consider themselves religious. In the early 21st century, nones are one of the fastest-growing segments in religious identification surveys.
    -- religionstylebook.com
    Religion Around the World
    Religious makeup of Uzbekistan
    Muslim: 88 percent
    Eastern Orthodox: 9 percent
    Other: 3 percent
    - CIA Factbook
    GateHouse News Service

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