Saving America? Faith-Based Services and the Future of Civil Society

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TABLES
1.1.Opposition to Welfare Spending13
2.1.Social Service Activities by Size of Congregation as
Reported in Independent Sector Study30
2.2.Social Service Activities by Size of Congregation as
Reported in National Congregations Survey34
2.3.Characteristics of Congregations with and without Social
Service Programs36
2.4.Members' Reports of Service Activities by Size of
Congregation45
2.5.Financial Information Reported by Size of Congregation48
2.6.Congregational Expenditures, Presbyterian Church (USA)49
2.7.Congregations' Service Activities by Religious Tradition54
2.8.Congregations' Service Activities by Religious Orientation56
3.1.Sermons about Caring for the Poor68
3.2.Sermons about Inequality69
3.3.Churches as Locations for Community Meetings72
3.4.Contexts for Discussing Social Issues74
3.5.Characteristics of Members of Small Groups77
3.6.Correlates of Group-Based Caring80
3.7.Friendships by Congregation Size81
3.8.Perceived Sources of Assistance84
3.9.Gregariousness and Church Attendance86
3.10.Church Attendance, Social Capital, and Receiving Support88
3.11.Religious Participation and Influential Friends91
3.12.Religious Participation and Contacts with
Marginalized Persons93
3.13.Factors That May Erode Congregation-Based Social Capital97

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables ix
  • Preface xiii
  • 1: Why “faith-Based”? Why Now? 1
  • 2: Congregation-Based Social Services 25
  • 3: Congregations as Caring Communities 64
  • 4: Religion and Volunteering 99
  • 5: Faith-Based Service Organizations 138
  • 6: The Recipients of Social Services 176
  • 7: Promoting Social Trust 217
  • 8: Experiencing Unlimited Love? 256
  • 9: Public Policy and Civil Society 286
  • Methodological Note 311
  • Notes 315
  • Select Bibliography 333
  • Index 349
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