From declining clergy salaries to reductions in collection plates, many churches and places of worship are having to operate with less. This recessionary belt-tightening comes at a time when people are experiencing greater worldly needs and leaning on their spiritual communities for support.
It seems increased financial strain is making it hard for some people to keep the faith. Across the country, congregations are shrinking as their members move away in search of work or stop attending because they can no longer afford to tithe. At the same time, other places of worship are dealing with increased need in the recession by forging new ties with community organizations and fellow faith communities to share resources. They’re seeking not just strength in numbers but in spiritual solidarity.
How has your faith been affected by hard economic times? Have you leaned on your religion or spirituality for strength and guidance? Or have you lost your faith because of losing money or your job? Are you “good without God,” or is your faith a pillar of stability in an uncertain world?
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OPB | Sept. 22, 2016