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March 19, 2002
Vol. II, No. 9

"How's Our Job Security?"
Many of us have our livelihood tied up in a religious institution so it pays to occasionally take a look at the state of religion in our world. I have two articles to pass on this week that have slightly different perspectives on this subject.

The first article has been circulating around the web for at least a year. It was written by Uwe Siemon-Netto, a UPI correspondent; I've been unable to find the article on the UPI website or contact the author so I have posted it right here on this site. Briefly, it suggests that traditional religion is being reinvented through a new generation of Christians and we, as organists, will benefit financially from the fresh demand for our services.

But not so fast! An article on from March 7, 2002, discusses the rising trend in the US of people who claim they have no religion. Of those polled who do claim a religion, there appears to be an exodus away from traditionally "mainstream" denominations toward "non-denominational" churches.

How are things where you are? Is church attendance up/down? Are there enough/not enough organist positions? Are organist salaries increasing/decreasing? You can weigh in on this topic on the new and improved Feedback page, where your comments are now posted automatically, accessible immediately for others to read and compare with their own ideas. Instead of replying to this email, simply follow the link below and click the Post Message button (the form is similar to the one used for the Poetry contest so it will feel familiar). Just fill in your information, click Submit, and Zing! your message is posted on the Feedback page. Give it a try and let me know how it goes. Here's the link:

Happy Birthday to the Old Man!
This Thursday, March 21, Johann Sebastian Bach turns 317. Here's a good biography to share with friends:

Have a great week and please tell a friend about!

Dan Long

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