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

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

by Christian Scharen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814661939

ISBN-13: 9780814661932

Pub. Date: 06/28/2004

Publisher: Liturgical Press, The


In a time of increasing cultural pluralism and vast religious restructuring in the United States, Christian social ethics must take account of how values and commitments shape Christian communities. In Public Worship and Public Work Christian Scharen examines theological claims about the relationship of worship and ethics by means of ethnographic study of the life

Overview


In a time of increasing cultural pluralism and vast religious restructuring in the United States, Christian social ethics must take account of how values and commitments shape Christian communities. In Public Worship and Public Work Christian Scharen 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.

Public Worship and Public Work moves beyond two caricatures of the relationship between worship and social ethics. Rather than resolute 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 and against culture, this book lifts up congregational identity as an area of dynamic interaction between worship, social ethics, and culture.

Chapters in Part One are "Liturgy and Social Ethics: Characterizing a Debate," and “Sociologizing the Debate: Identity, Ritual, and Public Commitment.” Chapters in Part Two, Three Case Studies in Atlanta’s Old Downtown are " 'People Living Church’: The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,” “’Jesus Saves’: Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church,’” and “’The Church at Work’: Central Presbyterian Church.’” Part Three concludes with "The World in the Church in the World.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814661932
Publisher:
Liturgical Press, The
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Series:
Virgil Michel Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrationsviii
Acknowledgmentsix
Part 1Introduction
1Liturgy and Social Ethics: Characterizing a Debate19
2Sociologizing the Debate: Identity, Ritual, and Public Commitment41
Part 2Three Case Studies in Atlanta's Old Downtown
3"People Living Church": The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception75
4"Jesus Saves": Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church111
5"The Church at Work": Central Presbyterian Church155
Part 3Conclusion
6The World in the Church in the World203
AppendixData and Methods229
Bibliography235
Index of Names and Topics241

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