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Can Progressives of Faith Achieve the Upper Hand?
Can Progressives of Faith Achieve the Upper Hand?

Religious Progressives Can Prevail Together

The Atlantic Monthly examines a recent Public Religion Institute (PRI)/ Brookings Institution survey on how faith influences views on society, noting that while progressive faith is on the rise it has yet to become a cohesive faith-based force rivaling that of religious conservatives. The study shows that faith more often determines the thinking of religious conservatives as a group on social or political issues than that of religious progressives because religious progressives are inherently more diverse, and thus less homogenous in their thinking.

While this study explains why the Religious Right is so successful translating its beliefs into an electoral and legislative agenda, it also suggests an opportunity for progressive religious organizations that can connect the values of progressives of faith into a broad coalition for faith-based action.

Learn how Unitarian Universalism connects work on issues of social justice with religious values and principles to create a progressive and welcoming faith.
Read the article, "The Growing Power of Godly Progressives?", on the Atlantic Monthly.

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  • Ted joined the staff of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in February 2010. He brings more than twenty years' experience using media to create social change by creating communications strategies and content for progressive non-profits, political campaigns, and cause...

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Mary Benard (not verified) 3 years 2 weeks ago

This is the very topic of this year's UUA Common Read, Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square, by Paul Rasor (Skinner House Books), http://www.uuabookstore.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=3619

Congregational discussion guide coming soon!

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