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Introduction: Church-Based Social Ministry in Context

Heidi Rolland Unruh and Ronald J. Sider

in Saving Souls, Serving Society: Understanding the Faith Factor in Church-Based Social Ministry

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195161557
eISBN:
9780199835836
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195161556.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Religious entities play a vital though limited role in our social safety net. The majority of congregations engage in community-serving activities, though their commitments tend to be shallow. Four ... More


Conclusion: New Understandings, New Questions, New Opportunities

Heidi Rolland Unruh and Ronald J. Sider

in Saving Souls, Serving Society: Understanding the Faith Factor in Church-Based Social Ministry

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195161557
eISBN:
9780199835836
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195161556.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Research on the “faith factor” in solving social problems should take into account the complexity of the religious dynamics of social action. More nuanced understandings of the role of religion in ... More


Saving Souls, Serving Society: Understanding the Faith Factor in Church-Based Social Ministry

Heidi Rolland Unruh and Ronald J. Sider

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195161557
eISBN:
9780199835836
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195161556.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The political controversy surrounding the role of religion in public life calls for more objective attention to the faith factor in social activism. What does it mean for a community-serving program ... More


Does Faith Work?: Spiritual Dynamics and Social Outcomes

Heidi Rolland Unruh and Ronald J. Sider

in Saving Souls, Serving Society: Understanding the Faith Factor in Church-Based Social Ministry

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195161557
eISBN:
9780199835836
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195161556.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Many supporters of faith-based initiatives claim that a religious approach is better at solving social problems. Without purporting to evaluate these claims, this chapter describes the ways Christian ... More


Religious Elements of Faith-Based Social Programs

Heidi Rolland Unruh and Ronald J. Sider

in Saving Souls, Serving Society: Understanding the Faith Factor in Church-Based Social Ministry

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195161557
eISBN:
9780199835836
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195161556.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Some faith-based social service programs incorporate specifically religious content, intended to expose beneficiaries to religious resources, messages, or activities. Religious program elements ... More


Perceptions of Spiritual Meaning in Faith-Based Social Action

Heidi Rolland Unruh and Ronald J. Sider

in Saving Souls, Serving Society: Understanding the Faith Factor in Church-Based Social Ministry

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195161557
eISBN:
9780199835836
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195161556.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Acts of compassion are not unique to people of faith, but faith makes these actions uniquely meaningful. Even ostensibly secular good works may be saturated with personal religious significance. The ... More


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