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Black churches bucking the trend of decline

November 19, 2015

At Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria, Virginia, the pews start to fill more than half an hour before the service begins. White-uniformed ushers guide African-Americans of all ages to their seats. Some stand and wave their hands in the air as the large, robed choir begins to sing. The church recently started its fourth weekend service. So many people attend, church leaders are now asking people to limit their attendance to one service. “Pick your service,” said Edward Y. Jackson, an assistant to the pastor, at the start of a recent service. “Come in, come early, get your parking space so we can all enjoy and worship God together.” A recent Pew Research Center survey found that Christians are losing their share of the U.S. population, dropping to...

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