The Mark of Zion: Congregational Life in Black Churches

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Pilgrim Press, The/United Church Press, Oct 1, 2003 - Social Science - 146 pages
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The companion book in "The Shape of Zion. Leadership and Life in Black Chamber is the only Gallip-supported national sample of black relignary. Rasor and Dash propose that the black experiences in America offers a significance presence in the religious landscape of contemporary American Society. In rural, urban, store fronts--as well as mega churches--African American congregations folder in inward journey of spiritual growth and an outward journey of community outreach. The authors believe that churches must claim and/or reclaim this symbiotic journey to foster transformation in cities and towns in America during this century. To illustrate their thesis, the authors provide a penfile of black churches--based on data supported by the Gallup pull--that looks at a profile of black churches, congregants, black congregational identity, liturgy and worship patterns, congregational activities and missires, congregational assets, and resources and leadership in congregations.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Parishioners in Black Congregations
17
Identity Theology and Culture
30
Copyright

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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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