Congregations in Conflict: Cultural Models of Local Religious Life

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Cambridge University Press, May 28, 1999 - Social Science - 267 pages
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Congregations in Conflict uses the suburbs of Chicago to examine the nature of American congregations as institutions, looking in particular at how they deal with conflict within their ranks, to gain insight into religious culture. In detailed and well documented case studies of conflict in twenty-three congregations including Protestant parishes, Catholic parishes, and Jewish synagogues, Becker examines such factors as organizational processes, the extent and types of ties among church members, their shared understandings about mission and identity, and their level of public commitment. At the local level Becker finds vital "public religion": congregations that provide caring and support for members, service to the local community, and important arenas for moral debate and public activism.
 

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Contents

WHO WE ARE AND HOW WE DO THINGS HERE LOCAL UNDERSTANDINGS OF MISSION AND IDENTITY
1
THE CONGREGATIONS OF OAK PARK RIVER FOREST AND FOREST PARK
26
HOUSES OF WORSHIP
53
FAMILY CONGREGATIONS
77
COMMUNITY CONGREGATIONS
101
LEADER CONGREGATIONS
126
MIXED CONGREGATIONS
149
AN INSTITUTIONAL APPROACH TO LOCAL CULTURE
172
AMERICAN CONGREGATIONAL RELIGION
206
DATA AND METHODS
237
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
249
REFERENCES
252
INDEX
265
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