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The Rising Power of self-expression is becoming a central part of faith. Congregations across the country are changing from places where people go only for religious inspiration and instruction to places where people seek concrete ways to express their creativity, insights, and talents.

Some scholars call the transformation the end of a 500-year cycle of reformation, a continuation of the individualistic steak in Christianity touched off by religious reformer Martin Luther. Others say what's unfolding is part of the trend toward what is called crowdsourcing—allowing ordinary people to shape the future of congregations.

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