American Religion @ RRCHNM

Welcome back to our newsletter. 

 While this newsletter is only in its second issue, we’ve already made some great progress across several of RRCHNM's projects about American religion. Read on for more about what we have been working on!

NEW on American Religious Ecologies
Visualization: Urban American Congregations map on the American Religious Ecologies website

Using data from the 1926 Census of Religious Bodies, the Urban American Congregations map provides an opportunity to visualize and explore congregations by denominations and denominational families in American cities, including places with 25,000 or more residents. 

This map visually reflects how denominations were geographically distributed across the country, at least for their urban congregations. The larger the circle, the more churches or members were located in that city or town. Users can also hover over the circles for more information, including the number of congregations and number of members counted by the census.

We hope you explore this visualization. Stay tuned for when we release additional data from additional census years to the map.

Explore the Urban American Congregations map
In Case You Missed It
Schedule Spotlight: Advent Christian Church in St. Johnsbury, Vermont

This blog post by Caroline Greer continues a series of posts featuring women pastors or leaders by looking closely at a congregation that not only had a female pastor but also highly active women church members in their church services and official leadership.

Project Spotlight: Reflecting on How COVID Changed Religious Celebrations
This weekend marks the beginning of Passover and the celebration of Easter. As Jews and Christians gather in observance of these two important holidays, we reflect on what those celebrations looked like two years ago at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Two projects, Pandemic Religion: A Digital Archive and Collecting These Times: American Jewish Experiences of the Pandemic collected and preserved experiences and responses from individuals and religious communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, captured some of these reflections in real time.
Pictured here are two items from the collection that remind us of how religious communities adjusted their holy celebrations during the pandemic to remain connected while apart. The top left photo, “Struggle Seder”, and the bottom left photo, Easter from behind a steering wheel”, are just two of many contributions documenting Passover and Easter celebrations from 2020. You can explore both projects for more images, videos, and testimonies.
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Have you ever wondered how we manage data-heavy projects at RRCHNM, like American Religious Ecologies? Lincoln Mullen wrote a blog post on exactly that. Check it out!
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