Faith and Community: How Engagement Strengthens Members, Places of Worship, and Society

Faith and Community: How Engagement Strengthens Members, Places of Worship, and Society

by Rebecca A. Glazier
Faith and Community: How Engagement Strengthens Members, Places of Worship, and Society

Faith and Community: How Engagement Strengthens Members, Places of Worship, and Society

by Rebecca A. Glazier

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Overview

Places of worship are important anchor institutions in communities, helping to create social capital through discussion groups, soup kitchens, and neighborhood clean-ups. While congregations face increasing pressures, from declining attendance to political polarization, community engagement is an overall positive for their members and for democracy.

Faith and Community shows the benefits of religious people taking action in their communities. Through more than a decade of multi-method data collection, Rebecca Glazier surveyed over 4,000 congregants and nearly 500 clergy in Little Rock, Arkansas to gather opinions from members and leaders on community issues and engagement. Together with interviews and case studies, her findings indicate that active congregants are happier and more civically involved.

Faith and Community provides valuable insights into the relationship between religion and community engagement. The data illustrates how community engagement benefits individuals, congregations, and democracy and offers one solution to what ails religion in America today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439925300
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 07/05/2024
Series: Religious Engagement in Democratic Politics
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rebecca A. Glazier is Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is the Director of the Little Rock Congregations Study and the author of Connecting in the Online Classroom: Building Rapport between Teachers and Students.
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