Links of the Day:
– Fewer than half of the population in the Rochester metro area belong to a church or religious organization. According to the Association of Religion Data Archives, 44.1 percent of residents adhered to a particular religion in 2010. That compares to 50.8 percent in 2000.
Catholics saw a big decline in numbers, losing nearly 80,000 congregants , or 24 percent of its membership in the last decade. But they were not alone. The Episcopal church lost 40 percent of its members, nearly 5,000 people. Greek Orthodox, Evangelical Lutheran, Presbyterian and Methodist churches all saw big drops.
The area’s Muslim population nearly doubled since 2000 to 9,133.
The Buffalo News, in a report analyzing the data for its region, said adherence rates don’t tell the full story:
But it doesn’t mean that all of those people have lost religious faith, (researcher Dale E. Jones) said.
“In one sense, it’s going to be a big number because it’s a catchall,” he said.
Other national studies still show that most Americans profess to be Christians.
“If you go knock on doors, 80 to 85 percent of people will tell you they’re Christian,” Jones said, “but they’re not Christian enough to belong in the local congregations.”
– The Village of Webster is embroiled in a fight over whether to join the Monroe County Water Authority. The village has its own water system, but residents complain it has too many minerals.
– This is why throwing incentives at businesses threatening to move is not always good public policy.
– A Detroit sports journalist writes poignantly about his own battle with depression after the suicide of Junior Seau.