A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church

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Indiana University Press, Oct 1, 2009 - Religion - 239 pages
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Mosaic in southern California is one of the largest and most innovative multiethnic congregations in America. Gerardo Marti shows us how this unusual church has achieved multiethnicity, not by targeting specific groups, but by providing multiple havens of inclusion that play down ethnic differences. He reveals a congregation aiming to reconstruct evangelical theology, personal identity, member involvement, and church governance to create an institution with greater relevance to the social reality of a new generation.

 

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Contents

1 Multiethnic Churches Mosaic and Social Change
20
2 Describing Mosaic
38
A Reconstruction of Ideology
58
A Reconstruction of Involvement
88
A Reconstruction of Imperative
117
A Reconstruction of Institution
139
A Reconstruction of Identity
155
Conclusion
180
Appendix A Methodological Considerations from a Religious Insider
197
Appendix B Women and Leadership at Mosaic
211
Bibliography
215
Index
235
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About the author (2009)

Gerardo Marti is L. Richardson King Assistant Professor of Sociology at Davidson College and author of Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity, and Ambition in a Los Angeles Church.

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