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  • "Churchix is software designed to pick out people's faces from photos in order to monitor attendance or help to sort massive collections of photos from events."
  • Already 30+ US Churches use software to 'keep track of which members of the congregation are the most devoted - raising concerns from privacy campaigners."
  • "Same technology used to identify criminals, problem gamblers and terrorists at airports."
  • "Millennials who spurn organized religion tend to reject belief systems before they leave home"
  • "The gender gap in religious participation has in recent years significantly shrunk."
  • "Over the last four decades, the number of 12th-grade girls who reported never attending church has surged 125 percent."
  • Historically there have been few options for women ministers, so designer Maria Sjodin created a line for their daily work
  • Collection is available online, where "young, hip models" pose in her designs
  • Sjodin now has some 4,000 clients around the world
  • Alissa Thomas-Newborn will be the first woman to serve as an Orthodox clergy member in Los Angeles
  • She will be addressed by a new title that aims to convey her scholarship and the esteem of the community: Morateinu,“our teacher”
  • This is considered a major step forward for women in Orthodox circles who have the goal of being recognized as rabbis
  • “The 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study reported that 66 percent of LDS adults are married, significantly higher than Hindis (60 percent) and Jews (56 percent).”
  • The new study found that the average number of children ever born to Mormons now between the ages of 40 and 59 is 3.4.
  • The percentage of Christians in the U.S. declined from 78.4 percent in 2007 to 70.6 percent in 2014.
  • The number of nuns fell from 1M in 1973 to 710,000 worldwide in 2013
  • However, the number of women in Britain becoming nuns has reached a 25-year high; many age 30+
  • The church believes this is due to concentrated effort of Catholic church to demystify what nuns do in Britain
  • Recent Pew Research Center study shows a trend in US of moving from highly traditional to consistently secular perspectives
  • Pew survey didn't dive into why that's happening, but shows religious "switching" to be a growing phenomenon
  • Yet the U.S. remains overwhelmingly Christian, with 7 of 10 Americans identifying with a Christian faith
  • Compared to the early 1970s, more than twice as many US college students in the 2010s never attended church services
  • Decline in religiosity is larger among young women, whites, those of lower socioeconomic status, and residents of the Northeast
  • These statistics provide an important context for contemporary politics, as American attitudes are shifting on social issues
  • Americans identifying as "no religion" is 3 times greater than 20 years ago
  • Church attendance has declined by nearly 20%
  • 10% decline in percentage of people that think religion is relevant today
  • On average, a Muslim woman bears 3.1 children compared to global average of 2.5 children/woman. With Hindus, it's lower: 2.4 children/woman.
  • In 2010, 34% and 30% of the Muslim and Hindu populations worldwide, respectively, were aged 15 or younger
  • Islam is expected to grow at a rate of 73% from 2010-2050
  • Number of Americans who associate with no religion has increased threefold from 20 years ago
  • 20% drop in church attendance in the same time period
  • The percentage of people who think religion is relevant for today is down from 80% to 70%
  • PEW researchers predict that by 2050, the trend will shift to 1 in 4 Americans
  • As religion developed, it was highly dependent on the information that their followers had access to
  • As more information is shared through technology, people have a better understanding of their religions as well as exposing falsehoods
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