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Religion and Community in the New Urban America

Paul D. Numrich and Elfriede Wedam


This book examines the interrelated transformations of cities and urban congregations over the past several decades. How does the new metropolis affect local religious communities? What is the role of local religious communities in creating the new metropolis? Through an in-depth study of fifteen Chicago congregations—Catholic parishes, Protestant churches, Jewish synagogues, Muslim mosques, and a Hindu temple, city and suburban, neighborhood-based and commuter—this book describes congregational life and measures congregational influences on urban environments. The book challenges the notion t ... More

Keywords: religion, congregation, community, city, metropolis, urban, new urban era, Chicago

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199386840
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199386840.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul D. Numrich, author
Professor, Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Trinity Lutheran Seminary

Elfriede Wedam, author
Research Associate, Loyola University Chicago