Public Worship and Public Work (Virgil Michel Series): Character & Commitment in Local Congregational Life

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Public Worship and Public Work examines theological claims about the relationship of worship and ethics by means of ethnographic study of the life, worship, and work of three vibrant congregations. The book moves beyond two caricatures of the relationship between worship and social ethics. Rather than deterministic portrayals of the church as a reflection of its culture and context and causal accounts of the church's liturgy forming a Christian witness over against culture, Public Worship and Public Work lifts up congregational identity as the site of dynamic interaction between worship, social ethics, and culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814661932
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Series: Virgil Michel Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 1,314,648
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Liturgy and social ethics : characterizing a debate 19
2 Sociologizing the debate : identity, ritual, and public commitment 41
3 "People living church" : the Catholic shrine of the Immaculate Conception 75
4 "Jesus saves" : Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church 111
5 "The Church at work" : Central Presbyterian Church 155
6 The world in the church in the world 203
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