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    American Congregations Portraits of Twelve Religious Communities

    ISBN-10: 0226901866
    ISBN-13: 9780226901862
    Author(s): James P. Wind, James W. Lewis
    Description: American Congregations, Volume 1:Portraits of Twelve Religious Communitieschronicles the founding, growth, and development of congregations that represent the diverse and complex reality of American local religious cultures. Some, like Center Church  More...
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    Publisher: University of Chicago Press
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 719
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.90" tall
    Weight: 2.354
    Language: English

    American Congregations, Volume 1:Portraits of Twelve Religious Communitieschronicles the founding, growth, and development of congregations that represent the diverse and complex reality of American local religious cultures. Some, like Center Church in New Haven, trace their stories back to colonial times. Others, like the Swaminarayan Hindu temple in suburban Chicago, are recent attempts to create local religious worlds. Ranging from congregations of Lebanese Muslims in Northern Canada to Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, the essays convey the distinctive character of each congregation and provide vivid evidence of the importance of congregations in daily life. "This study refreshingly illuminates [congregations'] strengths as places where the public and private lives of their members meet in dynamic creativity and as havens of religious meaning and comfort in the midst of a secular world."—Choice"A major contribution to how debates about American religion will be framed in the years ahead. . . . In giving us these case histories and a set of excellent interpretive essays, Wind and Lewis have reminded us that American religion must be understood in its particular, local, gathered, human forms. They remind us that congregations matter."—Nancy T. Ammerman,First Things"Well-presented and engaging essays, by some of the foremost religious scholars working today, examining the histories of twelve diverse religious institutions. . . . A fascinating and important social history of religion."—Kirkus Reviews"Scholarship and the religious traditions have been enriched by the labors of the Congregational History Project. Theologically, its pioneering research invites us to examine ourselves."—Gabriel Fackre,Christian Century

    Preface
    Introduction
    A New England Congregation: Center Church, New Haven, 1638-1989
    ""A Special Feeling of Closeness"": Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, Leeds
    From Synagogue-Community to Citadel of Reform: The History of
    A Social History of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore: The House of God and

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