Portraits of American Life Study
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The PALS seeks to understand the impact of religion in everyday life, and ultimately the connections between religious change and other forms of change among diverse individuals and families over the course of their lives.

Attendance of Worship Services (not including weddings and funerals) (2006)

For the average American who identifies with an affiliated religion, less than one third say they attend a worship service frequently (once a week or more), less than a third attend occasionally (several times a year up to several times a month), and the remaining 42% attend rarely (never or once or twice a year). Debate about church attendance data.

Church Attendance

Only 9% of Black Protestants never attended religious services during the previous year compared to 19% of all persons religiously affiliated.

Three out of four Mormons report attending religious services once a week.

Among all adult persons affiliated with a religious congregation, 37% attended Sunday school or religious education at least once in the prior twelve months. Among Black Protestants and Evangelical Protestants, a majority of persons of each group (about 54%) attended some form of religious education at least one time. Among Catholics only 27% attended any religious education.


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