Lilly Endowment Funds New Study of Religion and Public Life

September 25, 2003

Source: Voice of America

On September 25, 2003 Voice of America reported "backed by a $3.3 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, investigators will embark on a long-term study of religious beliefs and behaviors among various ethnic groups...In the Rice/Notre Dame study, researchers will begin by interviewing 2,500 people across the nation. They will then follow up by interviewing these people every three years for the rest of their lives. Their children, upon reaching the age of 18, will then also be asked to join the study." The study aims to chart patterns such as the growth of Islam in America, the conversion of Catholics to Protestantism, and the growth of the Mormon church.