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Bonding Communities or Building Bridges to Secular Society

Faith community civic participation can bond groups together and/or bridge between groups. Bonding participation tends to keep individuals within the groups to which they are primarily attached. Bridging participation tends to build connections between groups. In this article, written as a chapter for the 2002 book, The Quiet Hand of God: Faith-based Activism and the Public Role of Mainline Protestantism, National Congregations Study researchers Mark Chaves, Helen M. Giesel, and William Tsitsos examine the differences in the ways various U.S. Christian congregations engage in civic bridging activities.




Holy Week Inspiration

In a few weeks, Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week and Easter, commemorating the final days of Jesus...

Encouraging Youth Away From Marijuana

   The legislative wars over marijuana are mostly trending in favor of those who support legalization. More...

Leadership La Porte County Hosts its 2nd Annual “Volunteer Expo” on April 19

Leadership La Porte County, Inc. was formed in 1984, with support from the Lilly Foundation, to encourage engaged...


Thu, Apr 5, 2018 - 08:00 am
Author of "The Color Purple" Alice Walker will keynote the April 5-7 conference organized by

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Review rank-ordered data on religion in the U.S. and around the world. Includes the latest data from the Religious Congregations & Membership Study, 2010


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