Clergy and lay members from hundreds of United Methodist churches in Arkansas will gather at the Bank of the Ozarks Convention Center in Hot Springs beginning Sunday for their four-day annual conference.
Declaring May as Arkansas Heritage Month, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and its parent agency, the Department of Arkansas Heritage, are urging Arkansans to "take time to reflect on the importance of their local historic sites," especially those on the National Register of Historic Places. The list includes dozens of houses of worship, in addition to other buildings and sites important to the state's heritage.
The Christian population in the United States is declining, while the number of Americans who claim no religious affiliation is on the rise, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.
The results of the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey show that the religious makeup of Arkansas differs slightly from that of the country at large, most notably in the percentage of Christians. Nationwide, Christians make up 70.6 percent of the population but in Arkansas 79 percent identify themselves as Christians.