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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.

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Volunteer Shortage Affects Church Food Programs

Joe and Judy Nesbit spent Tuesday afternoon taking stock of hundreds of food items filling the shelves of the Seventh-...

Lilly Gives $10 million for Duke's Lilly Library Renovation

"Our [Lilly] family's commitment to restore and expand Duke's library that bears the Lilly name comes from our hearts...

Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. announced the project Wednesday as one of nearly $49 million in grants for...

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