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Which pew for you?

Where you sit during worship tells a lot about your spiritual involvement, says sociologist D. Paul Sullins.

His study of 3,426 worshipers in 35 Methodist, Episcopal and Baptist churches in Washington, D.C., found that people who sit in the back tend to be less engaged in worship. And they want to leave early. Solo worshipers tend to arrive earlier and sit toward the front, possibly looking for "a meaningful experience," he says.

Sullins found that Episcopalians are the most pronounced latecomers, and Baptists were the most likely to arrive early.


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