A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Religious Innovation in a Multiethnic Church / Edition 1

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Overview

Mosaic in southern California is one of the largest and most innovative multiethnic congregations in America. Gerardo Marti shows us how this unusual church has achieved multiethnicity, not by targeting specific groups, but by providing multiple havens of inclusion that play down ethnic differences. He reveals a congregation aiming to reconstruct evangelical theology,
personal identity, member involvement, and church governance to create an institution with greater relevance to the social reality of a new generation.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

"Engagingly and accessibly written, this excellent book deserves wide readership among everyone interested in US religion, ethnicity, organizations and urban culture." —Choice

Nova Religio

"Marti's insightful reflections on these issues at Mosaic will help observers of other groups as well." —Nova Religio

Review of Religious Research

"A very thoughtful, unique contribution [that] edges us forward in our understanding of the interethnic religious experience [that] will stimulate researchers... to forge ahead in their quest to understand this important social phenomenon." —Review of Religious Research

Christian Century
"Gerardo Marti... argues that racial and ethinic identities are fluid and negotiated and that interracial churches can successfully create a model of 'ethnic transcendence' in which a common identity as Christian transcends specific racial or ethnic identities." —Peter W Marty, Senior Pastor, St Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport Iowa, host of the radio program "Grace Matters", Christian Century, 1/13/09

— Peter W Marty, Senior Pastor, St Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport Iowa, host of the radio program "Grace Matters"

Christian Century - Peter W Marty

"Gerardo Marti... argues that racial and ethinic identities are fluid and negotiated and that interracial churches can successfully create a model of 'ethnic transcendence' in which a common identity as Christian transcends specific racial or ethnic identities." —Peter W Marty, Senior Pastor, St Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport Iowa, host of the radio program "Grace Matters", Christian Century, 1/13/09

From the Publisher
"A very thoughtful, unique contribution [that] edges us forward in our understanding of the interethnic religious experience [that] will stimulate researchers...
to forge ahead in their quest to understand this important social phenomenon." —Review of
Religious Research
Choice

"Engagingly and accessibly written, this excellent book deserves wide readership among everyone interested in US religion, ethnicity, organizations and urban culture." —Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253344823
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerardo Marti is L. Richardson King Assistant Professor of Sociology at Davidson
College and author of Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity, and Ambition in a Los Angeles
Church.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Multiethnic Churches, Mosaic, and
Social Change
2. Describing Mosaic
3. History, Agency, and Evangelicalism: A
Reconstruction of Ideology
4. The Hollywood Connection and the Management of Artistic
Talent: A Reconstruction of Involvement
5. Innovation and the Cultivation of Catalytic
Leaders: A Reconstruction of Imperative
6. Mosaic and the Emerging American Culture: A
Reconstruction of an Institution
7. Becoming a Mosaic of Believers: A Reconstruction of
Identity
Conclusion
Appendix A. Methodological Considerations from a Religious
Insider
Appendix B. Women and Leadership at
Mosaic
Bibliography
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2005

    Excerpts From Book Review by R. Stephen Warner [Christian Century July 26 2005]

    'As Marti sees it, the key to building a congregation of people from diverse, often alienated ethnic backgrounds is to appeal to them in ways that trump their differences.' 'Marti stresses the malleability of identities and the way that being a follower of Jesus Christ at Mosaic 'transcends' ethnicity. In so doing he offers an appealing vision of a church that builds on the dynamism of demography and popular culture to overcome the scandal of religious segregation (as well as the specter of civic balkanization).' 'Clearly, Mosaic is spiritually compelling. Its members are on fire with their faith, eager to share it with everyone in Los Angeles. Its leaders take risks that most pastors would not dare.' 'His book will be on the syllabus the next time I teach a course on race, ethnicity and gender in American religion.' -- Quoted from 'Multiethnic Mix: A Model of Congregational Diversity?' by R. Stephen Warner (University of Illinois at Chicago), The Christian Century, July 26, 2005 (Vol 122/No 15), pp. 26-29.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2005

    Groundbreaking...Long Overdue

    It is an art form. This bookk is an in-depth glimpse of the inner-workings of the emerging church that many philosophize and prophesize about, yet never have the opportunity to live within. The care and balance that Marti brought to the project as a pastor and scholar was obvious and reassuring. I am confident that Marti's work will provide a methodological basis that provides others with the courage to do the same. This book is timely as the denominational form of Christianity continues to slide into oblivion in the U.S. However, it is a refreshing testament to the fact that God has something more in mind. He¿s not done with Christianity in the U.S. just yet. He is the God of MORE¿much more. Your book is a refreshing, uplifting testament to the fact that He is alive and working diligently in our world¿He just needs some disciples to hear Him and ¿Follow Me.¿ Clearly, the finished work spawns more questions and opportunities for additional research, as any substantial research endeavor should. I am changed by Gerardo's book. You will be too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2005

    A Must Read for Emerging Church Leaders

    This book is a must read for anyone trying to understand what is happening in the church today. Church leaders in particular will benefit from Marti's sociological analysis, something sorely bereft from most books related to the changing nature of the church. While the objectivity of participant observer will be debated, especially as Marti is one of the pastors, for evangelical readers this will no doubt provide great comfort that this book is authored by an insider. The discussion on the nature of ethnicity in the introduction is worth its weight in gold. A great companion to 'Unstoppable Force' by Erwin McManus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2004

    Interesting, Insightful, In-Depth Case Study of a Large, Multiethnic Church

    Fascinating look from a sociological perspective of a large, dynamic, multiethnic church in Los Angeles, California -- excellent bibliography provides launch points for further study. Through stories and interviews, this book is a thorough examination of one church that has been remarkably successful in bringing diverse peoples together. The book is for anyone interested, religious or not, in the relationship between religion and race / ethnicity in America today. The book also talks about the integration of artistry, creativity, innovation, and youth in the life of this diverse congregation. Highly recommended.

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