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Congregations in Conflict: Cultural Models of Local Religious Life / Edition 1
     

Congregations in Conflict: Cultural Models of Local Religious Life / Edition 1

by Penny Edgell Becker
 

ISBN-10: 0521594626

ISBN-13: 9780521594622

Pub. Date: 05/28/1999

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Congregations in Conflict uses the suburbs of Chicago to examine the nature of American congregations as institutions, looking in particular at how they deal with conflict within their ranks, to gain insight into religious culture. In detailed and well documented case studies of conflict in twenty-three congregations including Protestant parishes, Catholic parishes

Overview

Congregations in Conflict uses the suburbs of Chicago to examine the nature of American congregations as institutions, looking in particular at how they deal with conflict within their ranks, to gain insight into religious culture. In detailed and well documented case studies of conflict in twenty-three congregations including Protestant parishes, Catholic parishes, and Jewish synagogues, Becker examines such factors as organizational processes, the extent and types of ties among church members, their shared understandings about mission and identity, and their level of public commitment. At the local level Becker finds vital "public religion": congregations that provide caring and support for members, service to the local community, and important arenas for moral debate and public activism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521594622
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

1. 'Who we are' and 'how we do things here'; 2. The congregations of Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park; 3. Houses of worship; 4. Family congregations; 5. Community congregations; 6. Leaders; 7. Congregations in transition; 8. Congregational models; 9. American Congregational religion; Endnotes; Appendices; References.

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