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Saving Souls, Serving Society: Understanding the Faith Factor in Church-Based Social Ministry

Heidi Rolland Unruh and Ronald J. Sider


The political controversy surrounding the role of religion in public life calls for more objective attention to the faith factor in social activism. What does it mean for a community-serving program to be “faith-based”? How do churches and other religious organizations express their religious identity or convey a religious message in the context of social services? Drawing on case studies of fifteen Philadelphia-area Protestant churches with active community outreach, Saving Souls, Serving Society introduces a new vocabulary for describing the religious components and spiritual meanings embed ... More

Keywords: religion in public life, social activism, churches, community outreach, faith-based initiatives, evangelism, mission orientations, social capital, faith-based social services, church-state relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195161557
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195161556.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heidi Rolland Unruh, author

Ronald J. Sider, author
Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, PA
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