Cross Currents

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 1, Spring

Communities and Enclaves: Where Jews, Christians, Hindus, and Muslims Share the Neighborhoods
An afternoon walk along Devon Avenue on Chicago's Far North Side gives one a tangible sense of that abstract concept "social diversity." Devon offers a glimpse of the neighborhoods that make up the community areas of Rogers Park and West Ridge (known...
Doing Theology in the City
The task of theology is often a lonely endeavor. The hush of the library or the archives, the still of the chapel, and the quiet discipline of one's desk are places where theological research and writing unfold, most often in solitary concentration....
Forgotten Fruit of the City: Chicago and the Moorish Science Temple of America
My heightened interest in the Moorish Science Temple of America began in the fall of 1999 as I searched for visible evidence of female activism among Muslim women in metropolitan Chicago. Through my studies, I was aware of the MSTA and its founder,...
Living for the City
I am a city person. Un-asphalt-scented air makes me nervous. I still shudder from a childhood memory of a week spent visiting an aunt's rural home, especially in the evenings, smothering in the too-dark, bugnoisy, neighbor-absent countryside. I am...
On the Town with Georg Simmel: A Socio-Religious Understanding of Urban Interaction
Georg Simmel (1858-1918) was a founder of the German Sociological Association and lived the majority of his life in the city of Berlin. One area of research to which Simmel frequently returned was the documenting of how our social, geographical and...
Theology and the City: Learning to Cry, Struggling to See
Theology in the postcolonial context of global capitalism is necessarily "urban" theology even when it is not explicitly identified as such. As we shall discuss more fully below, the driving dynamism of modernity--beginning in the high middle ages...
The Soul of Los Angeles: Photographs from the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California
Los Angeles is a major gateway city for new immigrants and is already home to a population where one person in three is foreign born. Given the context of this amazing demographic shift, in the fall of 1998 the Center for Religion and Civic Culture...
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