Getting Religion -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
We live in a time when faith communities are struggling to attract new members. Once large churches are a fraction of their size. Church members wonder what happened. Where did all the children go? There are lots of organizations that promise to help us bring in members by the droves, for a fee, but their solutions rarely work. In large part because they are one size fits all and don't consider context or the people already there. In this week's posting Martin Marty reflects on a new book by Kenneth Woodward, the long time religion editor for Newsweek, titled Getting Religion. Marty says this isn't a review, because he's too close to the author and the book, but he wants us to join him in considering the state of things as Woodward lays them out. I think I'll have to get a copy of the book! In the meantime, take a read and offer your thoughts!