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Category: Prosocial Studies of Religion

May 5, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Paul Powell Chapel, Truett Seminary Baylor University 8:30 am to noon In recent years, religion’s decline and imminent fall has been a source of intense interest to media and academics alike. Repeated surveys have been cited as showing the decline of American faith, the growth of atheism, and of the number […]

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April 20, 2015

by Russ Pulliam Prison researcher Byron Johnson wants to keep inmates from going back to prison. In a recent visit to Indianapolis, the Baylor University sociologist found a new angle on this old problem at the RecycleForce operation on the Near Eastside. Started by social entrepreneur Gregg Keesling, RecycleForce employs ex-inmates to take used electronic […]

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March 24, 2015

March 20, 2015 WACO, Texas (March 23, 2015) — A youth violence-reduction mentoring program for trouble-plagued schools in urban centers has contributed to improved student behavior and performance at high-risk middle and high schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Richmond, Virginia, according to findings of a new Baylor University case study. The “Violence-Free Zone” (VFZ) is […]

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February 23, 2015

How Does Your State Rank in Church Attendance? Kate Scanlon / February 22, 2015 A new Gallup poll offers some clues about Americans’ church attendance—and the sizeable difference depending on the state where you live. Gallup asked 177,030 American adults, “How often do you attend church, synagogue or mosque—at least once a week, almost every […]

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January 15, 2015

WACO, Texas (Jan. 15, 2015) – The Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN), a collaboration between Temple University and the Center for Policy Research (CPR) in Denver has awarded $100,000 to Baylor University’s Program on Prosocial Behavior, an arm of the Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), to evaluate the TYRO Dads program operated by […]

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January 12, 2015

Group reaches area inmates through Sunday School services Published on Friday, 9 January 2015 21:30 – Written by EMILY GUEVARA, eguevara@tylerpaper.com HENDERSON — The sounds of a blues rendition of “Amazing Grace” filled the gym as Gary Frizzell led the congregation in worship. Behind him, the band — complete with digital piano, bass guitar and […]

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January 12, 2015

Prison By Russ Pulliam Posted Dec. 30, 2014, 03:25 p.m. INDIANAPOLIS—The headline above is Byron Johnson’s conclusion and the title of the book he wrote from his prison ministry research. Here in Indianapolis, Gregg Keesling has taken up Johnson’s theme, helping inmates leave prison. Keesling has tackled a tough problem. At least 5,000 inmates come back to […]

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November 20, 2014

Ministry model appears to overcome barriers to reviving challenged communities A new ministry model is showing results in a beleagured Dallas neighborhood, where innovative ministries and programs are sparking transformation in crime rates, health care and education. By Terry Goodrich A new model of ministry that empowers residents in an at-risk neighborhood of Dallas to […]

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November 18, 2014

Byron R. Johnson / November 18, 2014 No one’s praying habits have attracted as much attention in recent years as those of former NFL player Tim Tebow. His public displays of faith, both on and off the football field, spurred attention, ignited debate, and even led to the Tebowing trend. Now, Christian singer Tanner Clark reveals […]

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November 6, 2014

DALLAS, Texas (Nov. 6, 2014) — A new model of ministry that empowers residents in at-risk West Dallas to transform their communities has resulted in crime reduction, better meeting of health needs, obtaining jobs and improved student academic performance, according to research by Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. A report on the two-year […]

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