Researching, writing, and revising this book has been both intensely challenging and immensely rewarding. Thankful for having had company through the challenge, I gratefully acknowledge those with whom I now share the reward.
My sincere and heartfelt thanks to participants in Voice of the Faithful who welcomed me into their gatherings, homes, and lives. My favorite part of this research was sitting down one-on-one with interviewees as they revealed to me their stories of faith in face of trial and images of a changed church. Countless hours of sipping coffee and pages of handwritten field notes have left me with a fuller understanding of the phenomenology of faith and meaning of church. Thank you for being so candid and for trusting me with your stories.
This project benefitted from the support of several research grants in its formative and final stages. In appreciation, I extend a thank you to the Department of Sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara, the Walter Capps Center for the Study of Religion and Ethics in Public Life at the University of California Santa Barbara, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Maryville College.
Several individuals made this project less lonely and more keenly focused. At its inception as a doctoral dissertation, I benefitted from the expertise and critical eyes of Wade Clark Roof, John Sutton, and Verta Taylor. I am thankful to have worked with a committee that