The Mark of Zion: Congregational Life in Black Churches

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Pilgrim Press, 2003 - Religion - 146 pages
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In The Mark of Zion: Congregational Life in Black Churches, the companion book to The Shape of Zion: Leadership and Life in Black Churches (The Pilgrim Press, 2003), Rasor and Dash propose that the black experience in America offers a significant presence in the religious landscape of contemporary American society. In rural, urban, storefront, and mega-churches, African American congregations foster an inward journey of spiritual growth and an outward journey of community outreach. To illustrate their thesis, the authors -- based on data supported by the Gallup poll -- explore African American congregational life from four perspectives that include; a profile of black congregational life from a national perspective; an example of a local church setting that illustrates some aspect of that national profile; assistance to churches in considering the applicability of this profile and local example to their experiences; and an invitation for churches to consider future ministry in the light of these findings and the challenges that arise from this exploration. Book jacket.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Parishioners in Black Congregations
17
Identity Theology and Culture
30
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About the author (2003)

STEPHEN C. RASOR is a researches at the Institute for Black Religious Life at The interdeoominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an author of Hidden Wholeness. An African American Spirituality for Individuals and Communities (United Church Press, 1999). He lives in Decatur, Georgia.

MICHAELL N. DASH received his D. Min from Boston University. An ordained United Methodist minister, he is associate professor of ministry and confess at The Indetermination at Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He is co-author of Hidden Wholeness. An African American Spirituality for Individual and communities (United Church Press, 1997) and co-author of The Shape of Zion. Leadership and Life in Black Chamber (The Pilgrim Pres. 2001) He lives in Decatur, Georgia.

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