Church and Community in Black Neighborhoods
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The paper presents a critical review of "Streets of Glory - Church and Community in Black Neighborhoods" by Omar M. McRoberts, determining the McRoberts' success or failure in accomplishing his stated intent in writing. The paper sites both advantages and disadvantages in regards to this book in particular, and submits comments on the value of developing an understanding of faith-based social services in general.
From the Paper:"McRoberts considers three "ways in which churches were meaningfully different....churches differed in their application of ubiquitous religious ideas, in modes of interaction with the immediate environment and in their approaches to activism, or social change" (2003:59). Differing views of the street include seeing it as an: evil/dangerous place; a recruiting ground, a point of contact with people at risk. Many churches were a combination of these. How churches interpreted "in the world, but not of it" found expression in particularism and exilic consciousness. This often included linking holiness with Southernness and equating life in the North with exile. Church activisms are displayed along a continuum of: serve members more or less exclusively (priestly) -> mixture of members and non members (pastoral) -> mostly nonmembers (prophetic). McRoberts maintains that churches are impacted for change by leadership turnover, congregational growth more than by the "broader political and cultural climate."
Sample of Sources Used:
- McRoberts, Omar. 2003. Streets of Glory - Church and Community in Black Neighborhood. The University of Chicago Press: Chicago, ILhttp://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/562166in.html
Cite this Book Review:
Church and Community in Black Neighborhoods (2008, October 07) Retrieved April 18, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/church-and-community-in-black-neighborhoods-108428/
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