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Church On The Margins : Living Christian Community -  Sawyer

Church On The Margins

Living Christian Community

By: Sawyer

Paperback Published: 1st August 2003
ISBN: 9781563383663
Number Of Pages: 304

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Much 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. And 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.

Mary R. Sawyer is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, where she also teaches in African American studies. She is the author of Black Ecumenism: Implementing the Demands of Justice and co-editor of People's Temple and Black Religion in America.

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Mary Sawyer's The Church on the Margins is a refreshing and insightful study of U.S. Christianity. She argues that white Protestantism is dying because it is both inwardly individualistic and collectively imperialistic toward racial and ethnic minorities. By contrast the churches of African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, as well as those where gays and women define the agenda, are community and social justice oriented. White Protestantism can only regain vitality by a real integration into these marginal Christian communities. This is a book to be savored and discussed. Rosemary Radford Ruether, Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA--Rosemary Radford Ruether

Introduction: Models of Christianityp. 1
The Imperial Church in the United Statesp. 21
Religious Roots of a New Nationp. 23
The First One Hundred Yearsp. 39
The Twentieth Centuryp. 57
The Church on the Marginsp. 75
African American Communalismp. 81
Native American Indigenizationp. 105
Latina/Latino Ecclesiologyp. 125
Asian American Syncretismp. 151
Women's Sacred Communitiesp. 167
GLBT Gifts and Grievancesp. 199
Toward a Renewed and Transformed Churchp. 221
Enclaves of Renewers and Transformersp. 227
Ethnic Minority Memberships of Selected Denominationsp. 259
Stories of Christian Communityp. 265
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9781563383663
ISBN-10: 1563383667
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st August 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 16.2  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1