The Spiritual Pulse of America


A Christian sociologist wants to know about your spiritual life.


University of Connecticut professor, Bradley Wright, has all types of questions for his research.  Here are a few of them:


Did you pray in the last 24 hours? To what extent are you feeling nurtured or angry with God? Do you feel a sense of purpose right now?


He’d like the answers in real time, so he’s launching a website.  He’ll send text messages to participants’ smartphones twice each day, reminding them that it’s time to take the survey.


It’s part of an ambitious look by Professor Wright and other researchers into the role of spirituality in the daily lives of Americans and how that links to well-being.


Dr. Wright is overseeing the website to gather data for the researchers to study.


He says SoulPulse is the first research project to use cellphones to measure spirituality as it unfolds over time in natural settings.


And here’s some encouraging faith news.  Over 20,000 college students attended the recent Passion Conference in Atlanta.


They packed trucks with towels and socks to be distributed to the city’s homeless.


Speakers at the conference included Louie and Shelley Giglio, John Piper, and Francis Chan. Worship was led by Chris Tomlin, Hillsong United, Matt Redman, David Crowder, and Kristian Stanfill.


This year’s conference was based on Isaiah 26:8, which says, “Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” A second Passion conference will be held in Houston on February 14th and 15th.


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