By Penny Edgell Becker
Congregations in clash makes use of the suburbs of Chicago to envision the character of yankee congregations as associations, taking a look specifically at how they take care of clash inside their ranks, to realize perception into non secular tradition. In precise and good documented case reviews of clash in twenty-three congregations together with Protestant parishes, Catholic parishes, and Jewish synagogues, Becker examines such components as organizational procedures, the level and kinds of ties between church individuals, their shared understandings approximately venture and id, and their point of public dedication. on the neighborhood point Becker unearths important "public religion": congregations that supply worrying and help for contributors, carrier to the local people, and demanding arenas for ethical debate and public activism.
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River Forest and Forest Park, the two communities to the immediate west of Oak Park, contain three of the twenty-three congregations that I studied. They are in many ways similar to Oak Park geographically and economically, and they share many joint community institutions. Forest Park is more like south Oak Park, demographically and economically, while River Forest is more similar to north Oak Park. Forest Park is a village of 15,000 people that borders on the immediate west of the south half of Oak Park.
However, most also acknowledge that racial diversity brings a continuing challenge for the community to progress in its interracial and interethnic relations. As Richard, a white fifty-one-year-old man working on his doctorate in theology, told me in June of 1992, We are just now getting past the stage of being polite to one another. I think tolerance and integration are very different. Up till now people have been tolerating each other, but now we are getting past that, and the polite smile, and really getting to know each other.
See Hammond (1992) for an excellent discussion of the differences between a parochial and a cosmopolitan orientation to civic life and community involvement. Nicholas Lemann makes a similar point in a critique of Putnam published in the April 1996 Atlantic Monthly. 13. ” Her study of divorce in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries uses data on the rhetoric of divorcing couples to analyze what she calls the shared and divergent expectations of what 22 “Who We Are” and “How We Do Things Here” the obligations of marriage entailed for both parties.
Congregations in Conflict: Cultural Models of Local Religious Life by Penny Edgell Becker