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Church Offerings Drop In Recession

When a recession hits, charitable giving is often one of the first casualties. It's no different in this recession. A growing number of Massachusetts churches are trying to cope with a significant drop in donations.

You'd never know the thermostat at Zion Union Church is turned down to 62, or that a lot of the lights aren't on. You'd never know, because standing in the middle of the energized congregation, it feels bright. And it feels warm.

A choir sings, "Our praise, is our God. Sing with me I praise." There's a band on the pulpit. There's a youth choir.

And there’s Reverend Bernard Harris, one hand on a microphone, the other stretched out, leading his congregation in prayer.

REV. BERNARD HARRIS: Bless his name, because he's worthy! He's worthy! Somebody! He's worthy! He's worthy!

This program aired on March 31, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

Meghna Chakrabarti Twitter Host, On Point
Meghna Chakrabarti is the host of On Point.

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