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By H. B. Cavalcanti

whereas congregational reviews have increased our realizing of yank faith, little is understood concerning the neighborhood practices of a unmarried denomination at its smallest jurisdiction. This booklet explores how nationwide denominational commitments are affecting the practices of neighborhood United Church of Christ congregations inside of a unmarried organization within the Shenandoah Valley. Nationally, the UCC defines itself as a united and uniting church in its ecumenical paintings; as multiracial and multicultural in its range; as obtainable to all in welcoming people with disabilities; as open and putting forward for its LGBT individuals; and as a simply peace church in its help of social justice. So, how totally have neighborhood congregations embraced those commitments? may well congregations be extra connected to their older identities, quite in components the place the church's predecessors have been strongly rooted? Or are the nationwide church's commitments being lived out on the grassroots point? The e-book measures congregational existence in a single of the UCC's oldest and smallest institutions. Books on congregational reviews both concentrate on a case research of a selected congregation, or large-scale surveys of U.S. congregations that discover combination facts to give an explanation for their paintings. This ebook appears as an alternative at a gaggle of neighborhood congregations inside of a small judicatory (the Shenandoah organization) of the United Church of Christ to give an explanation for non secular lifestyles on the grassroots level.

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