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Deseret News: Flory on Reaching Gen Z During the Pandemic

Is the COVID-19 pandemic the perfect opportunity for faith leaders to reach Gen Z? Research suggests that this might be an ideal moment for faith leaders to reach out, but so far, …

Jerry Falwell Jr. will leave behind a very different legacy from his influential father

This article was originally published by The Conversation. Jerry Falwell Jr., son and namesake of the founder of the evangelical Moral Majority movement, has resigned as president of Liberty University. The resignation …

Newsweek: Flory on Trump’s Waning White Evangelical Support

Donald Trump’s approval rate among white evangelicals has slipped since the onset of the pandemic in March. What does this signify for Trump’s re-election campaign? In an article about the 2020 Republican …

A Spark To Set a Fire of Innovation: Reimagining Church

The following is excerpted from Richard Flory’s remarks at the first round in CRCC’s series “Conversations on Thriving Communities.” The goal of Reimagining Church Initiative is to bring together a group of …

RNS: Flory on Harvest Crusade Transforming Into a Cinematic Experience

Tens of thousands of people gather in Anaheim’s Angel Stadium every August for the Harvest Crusade, a weekend-long evangelistic event featuring Christian music artists and special guests. But this year, amid a …

Religion News Service: Richard Flory on Young Adults Leaving Religion

Young adults are leaving organized religion in high numbers. Religion News Service spoke with co-authors Melinda Lundquist Denton and CRCC’s Richard Flory on the findings in their new book about the changing …

Back-Pocket God: Religion and Spirituality in the Lives of Emerging Adults

Back-Pocket God: Religion and Spirituality in the Lives of Emerging Adults By Melinda Lundquist Denton & Richard Flory (Oxford University Press, 2020) More than a decade ago, a group of researchers began …

Deseret News: Flory on Justin Bieber’s Christianity

Why does it seem that everyone is buzzing about Justin Bieber’s faith? Deseret News interviewed Richard Flory on the allure of celebrity Christians. Here is an excerpt: That’s been the case for …

Washington Post & RNS: Flory on Pentecostal Church’s Attempt to Resurrect a Child

Hundreds of congregants attempted to resurrect a 2-year-old girl with song and dance at Bethel Church in Redding, California. The Washington Post and Religious News Service interviewed Richard Flory on Pentecostal beliefs …

RNS: Richard Flory on Christian Nationalists

An emerging group of leaders are combining conservative Christianity and nationalism. Religion News Service wrote about Michael O’Fallon, the CEO of Sovereign Nations and owner of Sovereign Cruises and Events LLC, which …

KCRW: Brie Loskota on the United Methodists, Young People and Religion

With the United Methodist Church facing a possible schism over gay clergy and marriage, KCRW asked CRCC Executive Director Brie Loskota to explain the divisions around LGBT rights in religious communities, and …

Deseret News: Richard Flory on the Instagrammable Bible and Kanye’s Christianity

Young Christian entrepreneurs are bringing an Instagram aesthetic to the Bible. Alabaster Co. produces books of the Bible with large, artistic images. The Deseret News asked Richard Flory, CRCC’s Senior Director of …

The Guardian: Flory on the Rise of Pentecostalism in America

Today’s Pentecostalism in America is not what it used to be. As Australian Pentecostal groups – such as Hillsong, C3, and A21 – are rapidly growing across America, they are also transforming …

Deseret News: Flory on Declining Church Attendance

Today, nearly 1/4 of Americans do not affiliate with a faith group, and church leaders across the country are growing concerned on how to combat declining church attendance rates. Deseret News interviewed CRCC’s Senior Director …

Pacific Standard: Flory on Evangelical support for Trump

The Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies have revealed a split among Christians, with some providing sanctuary to immigrants in danger of deportation and others maintaining their support of the president. Pacific Standard quoted …

LAist/KPCC: Flory on the Trend of Church Cafes

Korean churches in Los Angeles are reaching out to the public through cafes, reports LAist/KPCC. CRCC’s Senior Director of Research and Evaluation Richard Flory explained how this trend in Los Angeles reflects practices of religious …

Forward: Richard Flory on The Jerusalem Embassy Ceremony

While the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem is a political victory for Trump, it is a religious victory for evangelicals. Trump appealed to this group of evangelicals—a group who …

NBC: Richard Flory on Bringing Environmentalism to Evangelicals

White evangelicals have often dismiss climate change as a critical issue, but NBC News reports that some pastors and environmentalists in the community are hoping to re-contextualize the issue and help evangelicals …

Billy Graham Coverage: Richard Flory on Evangelical Politics

The death of “America’s pastor” Billy Graham at age 99 has brought reflection on the politics of American evangelicalism. Richard Flory, CRCC’s senior director of research and evaluation, spoke with FiveThirtyEight and Congressional Quarterly …

Billy Graham Coverage: Richard Flory on the Business of Evangelicalism

Billy Graham left a legacy in the evangelical world not only in terms of his preaching, but also in terms of the organizations he founded or inspired. Following his death on February …