The Church on the Margins
Living Christian Community
By (author) Mary R. Sawyer
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Church on the Margins by Mary R. Sawyer
Book DescriptionMuch is being written about the church, Mary Sawyer says, but established theologians and sociologists of religion typically limit their inquiries to white, establishment Christianity. Yet this is only one segment of the church, so they miss writing about Christian community at all - for Christian community is lived community. The attention paid to white churches is uninformative and even misleading insofar as African Americans, Latina/os, Native Americans, and Asian Americans are concerned. Their experiences, in the world and in the church, are markedly different and cannot be generalized from the white population. Moreover, examining the church on the margins offers valuable insights for all churches looking to build living Christian community. This book explains expressions of the Christian religion that have survived, or are struggling to survive, the distortions caused by ignoring the church on the margins. In traditional church circles, community may refer to a gathering for food and fellowship, a Bible study class or adult forum, or charity and service to the needy. Community as lived by these Christians on the margin, however, is a group of people coming together intentionally to live the gospel values of inclusiveness, justice, and caring in order to create a transformed world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781563383663
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group - Trinity
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mary R. Sawyer
Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America, Paperback (January 2004)» View all books by Mary R. Sawyer
The Peoples Temple movement ended on November 18, 1978, when the children in Jonestown were put to death by adult members, most of whom then took their own lives. Little has been written about the Peoples Temple from the point of view of the black experience in America. This title addresses this gap in the scholarship on the Peoples Temple.
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Author Biography - Mary R. Sawyer
Mary R. Sawyer is Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University, where she also teaches African American studies. She is the author of Black Ecumenism: Implenting the Demands of Justice and co-editor of Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America.
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