By Mark Chaves
extra american citizens belong to non secular congregations than to the other type of voluntary organization. What those enormous numbers quantity to--what everyone is doing within the over 300,000 church buildings, synagogues, mosques, and temples within the United States--is a query that resonates via each zone of yankee society, rather in those instances of "faith-based initiatives," "moral majorities," and militant fundamentalism. And it's a query responded extensive and intimately in Congregations in America.
Drawing at the 1998 nationwide Congregations Study--the first systematic research of its kind--as good as a extensive variety of quantitative, qualitative, and old facts, this ebook offers a entire evaluation of the main major type of collective non secular expression in American society: neighborhood congregations. between its extra unbelievable findings, Congregations in America unearths that, regardless of the media specialize in the political and social actions of spiritual teams, the humanities are literally way more relevant to the workings of congregations. the following we see how, faraway from emphasizing the pursuit of charity or justice via social providers or politics, congregations customarily site visitors in ritual, wisdom, and sweetness in the course of the cultural actions of worship, non secular schooling, and the humanities.
besides clarifying--and debunking--arguments on each side of the talk over faith-based tasks, the data provided right here includes a different and helpful source, answering formerly unanswerable questions about the dimensions, nature, makeup, funds, actions, and proclivities of those firms on the very heart of yankee lifestyles.
Table of Contents:
1. What Do Congregations Do?
2. individuals, funds, and Leaders
three. Social Services
four. Civic Engagement and Politics
6. The Arts
7. tradition in Congregations, Congregations in Culture
eight. past Congregations
Appendix A: nationwide Congregations research Methodology
Appendix B: chosen precis records from the nationwide Congregations Study
Reviews of this e-book:
An unchurched observer may finish that American congregational existence facilities on political or social carrier activities...[But] utilizing his pioneering 1998 nationwide Congregations Survey, the 1st examine to delve into the categorical actions of a very consultant sampling of the nation's non secular congregations, [Chaves] unearths that politics and repair courses will not be the most attracts. certainly, so much congregations positioned little attempt into neighborhood work...What congregations are so much engaged in, Chaves finds, are cultural actions. that incorporates schooling and the various elements of worship, after all, but in addition the commonly less-remarked-upon actions of manufacturing and eating paintings and tradition, really musical and theatrical performances, outdoors of worship.
--Jay Tolson, U.S. information and global Report
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CONGREGATIONS IN AMERICA by Mark Chaves