A Mosaic of Believers

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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253203430
  • 9780253203434
  • 1,076,261

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"Gerardo Marti... argues that racial and ethinic identities are fluid and negotiated and that interracial churches can successfully create a model of 'ethnic transcendence' in which a common identity as Christian transcends specific racial or ethnic identities." -Peter W Marty, Senior Pastor, St Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport Iowa, host of the radio program "Grace Matters", Christian Century, 1/13/09 "A very thoughtful, unique contribution [that] edges us forward in our understanding of the interethnic religious experience [that] will stimulate researchers... to forge ahead in their quest to understand this important social phenomenon." -Review of Religious Research "Marti's insightful reflections on these issues at Mosaic will help observers of other groups as well." -Nova Religio "Engagingly and accessibly written, this excellent book deserves wide readership among everyone interested in US religion, ethnicity, organizations and urban culture." -Choiceshow more

About Gerardo Marti

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.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Multiethnic Churches, Mosaic, and Social Change2. Describing Mosaic3. History, Agency, and Evangelicalism: A Reconstruction of Ideology4. The Hollywood Connection and the Management of Artistic Talent: A Reconstruction of Involvement5. Innovation and the Cultivation of Catalytic Leaders: A Reconstruction of Imperative6. Mosaic and the Emerging American Culture: A Reconstruction of an Institution7. Becoming a Mosaic of Believers: A Reconstruction of IdentityConclusionAppendix A. Methodological Considerations from a Religious InsiderAppendix B. Women and Leadership at MosaicBibliographyIndexshow more

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