August 2022 Newsletter
Thank you for reading our newsletter and taking an interest in the ARDA. We are excited to continue our mission of bringing you free, high-quality data on religion.
New Website Coming Soon!
We are excited to announce on August 13th a completely redesigned ARDA website will officially go live! The new website design will offer intuitive menu navigation and search functionality, among many other improvements. Now over 20 years old, the ARDA has grown from a single data archive with 33 data collections to a massive website with almost 1,200 data collections and dozens of features. The new website will allow the ARDA to continue to provide you the best data on religion for free.
Data Sets Added:

We are excited to announce that we added six new data sets this month:








Looking for even more data? Here are some helpful ARDA links:
-Categorized list of all data files
-Most popular data files
Ahead of the Trend Articles:

Ahead of the Trend is a collaborative effort between the Religion News Service and the ARDA. Check out the newest article
since our last newsletter:


Interested in even more great coverage of religion and current events? You can find all of our Ahead of the Trend articles here.
Social Media Conversations:


We also regularly post about conferences, new research, podcasts, lectures, and other opportunities of interest to our readers.

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Anniversaries of Historical Events:

In August, there are many anniversaries of significant events in religious history. These include the Nat Turner’s rebellion (1831), Church of God (Cleveland, TN) founding (1881), World Parliament of Religions (1893), and the First Ordained Southern Baptist Woman, Addie Davis (1964).

In addition to reading about these single events, you can delve into substantially more religious history by viewing any of our nine interactive timelines. These include specific timelines dedicated to religious groups, women, race/ethnicity, and more.

National Profiles

Examine the religious composition, religious freedoms, demographics, constitutional clauses, survey findings and multiple social and political measures for 250 nations. Check it out here.

The revised General Social Survey, 2021 is now live on our website. If you downloaded this dataset previously, please download the latest version here.

The General Social Surveys (GSS) have been conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) annually since 1972 and biannually beginning in 1994. The GSS are designed to be part of a program of social indicator research, replicating questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. This data file has all cases and variables asked on the 2021 GSS.
Additional Updates:
Information on the next U.S. Religion Census (formerly RCMS)

Wondering when the 2020 U.S. Religion Census data will be available? We're excited, too. The collecting body, ASARB, plans to release the data to us in the Fall of 2022. And don't worry - we'll promote it heavily once we have it! Stay tuned for more.
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Submitting Data to the ARDA:

Do you have a data source that you would like to store in our archive? The process is safe, easy, and convenient. We even have resources to reimburse you for your time. Get the process started by clicking on the link below. If you know of a data source that you'd like us to pursue, please let us know at support@thearda.com. Download the submission form here.
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