The United Church of Christ in the Shenandoah Valley : Liberal Church, Traditional Congregations
Congregational studies have expanded our understanding of American religion by looking at particular congregations as case studies, or by comparing large sets of congregations through survey research analysis. This book looks at a local jurisdiction of a mainline denomination, to explore how its national commitments are affecting the practices of local congregations.
- Hardback | 170 pages
- 158 x 230 x 20mm | 385.55g
- 20 Aug 2010
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 1: Why Study a Liberal Faith in the Shenandoah Valley? Chapter 2 2: Churches of the Shenandoah Association Chapter 3 3: Patterns of Local Church Life Chapter 4 4: A Year in the Life of a Church Chapter 5 5: Dimensions of Local Worship Chapter 6 6: Church Activities in the Valley Chapter 7 7: Liberal Church, Traditional Congregations
H. B. Cavalcanti has researched comprehensively, analyzed carefully, and identified broad trends. This book is a detailed analysis of the UCC and a fascinating investigation of contemporary Protestant fellowship in the Shenandoah Valley. The United Church of Christ in the Shenandoah Valley should be of interest to those concerned not just about the Shenandoah but contemporary American Protestantism in general. I thoroughly enjoyed this book... Big ideas emerge from this narrowly defined topic. -- Steve Longenecker, Bridgewater College This book starts with a simple question - to what extent does the commitments of a liberal denomination find expression in local congregational life?... In the Shenandoah United Church of Christ Association there are deep differences, yet common traits do exist - an evangelical Christocentric theology, confessional worship, fierce independence, practical attitudes, and a caring spirit. This book is well written, realistic and informative, examining how the life of a liberal denomination is fleshed out at the grassroots. -- Barbara Brown Zikmund, Hartford Seminary This book nicely fills a gap between studies of specific congregations and national trends; it includes many interesting details...[Cavalcanti] adds a very useful case study to scholarly discussions of mainline Protestantism. Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture
About H. B. Cavalcanti
H. B. Cavalcanti is a professor of sociology at James Madison University.