Fragmented Families and Silence of the Faithful: How Religious Leaders and Institutions Must Speak Up and Reach Out

In statistical sum, the United States has the highest family fragmentation rates (also known as family breakdown rates) in the industrial world. How high? About 40 percent of all American babies, for instance, come into this life outside of marriage. Other rounded-off proportions include 30 percent for white children, 50 percent for Hispanic children, and 70 percent for African-American children. And divorce rates, even though they have moderated for some groups, remain harmfully high. What to do, once again, to help me more fully grasp matters from multiple angles and viewpoints? Easy, pull together another American Experiment symposium in which a wide variety of smart and interesting people from across Minnesota and the nation consider questions raised by the title of this new anthology: Fragmented Families and Silence of the Faithful: How Religious Leaders and Institutions Must Speak Up and Reach Out.

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