Study: Churches Becoming More Diverse

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A new study shows America's churches are changing.

The national congregations study finds that churches are becoming more diverse.

Now, only 14 percent of churchgoers attend a church that is all white.

That's down from 20 percent in 1998, the last time the survey was conducted.

According to USA Today, the changes are considered remarkable because "religious traditions and organizations are widely considered to be remarkably resistant to change," says sociology professor Mark Chaves of Duke University School of Divinity, the lead researcher. "There's movement in the right direction."

Meanwhile, congregations and clergy are aging faster than society as a whole.

Head clergy are now an average age of 53 - compared to 48 twenty years ago.

Still, many churches are more technically savvy these days, using websites and email to reach their members.

And church worship is becoming more informal, with more people dancing and raising their hands in praise

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