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Not converts, but reverts

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life says more than half of Americans have switched religions at least once, with 9 percent saying they've returned to the pews, practices and prayers that shaped them.

They're not converts, they're reverts. And denominations are stepping up efforts to reclaim, re-energize and re-educate these fallen-away faithful.

Roman Catholic parishes are tending to returnees who often fear their actions or choices will keep them from the sacraments. Evangelical churches steer reverts to Bible study groups. Rabbis reach out to young adults through a program called "Next Dor (generation)."


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