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Religion and Community in the New Urban America$
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Paul D. Numrich and Elfriede Wedam

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199386840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199386840.001.0001

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Community and Congregations in the New Metropolis

Community and Congregations in the New Metropolis

(p.35) 2 Community and Congregations in the New Metropolis
Religion and Community in the New Urban America

Paul D. Numrich

Elfriede Wedam

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 examines the notion of “community” in general and explores the nature of urban communities (especially congregations) in the new urban era, drawing upon insights from the Chicago School of urban sociology, the Los Angeles School of urbanism, and other observers of contemporary cities. Chapter 2 also posits several key factors that affect a congregation’s impact on the urban environment: spatial type (“neighborhood,” “area,” or “metro,” based on the residential distribution of constituents), congregational traits, and congregational action. Taking these factors into account, the urban impact of the book’s fifteen congregations can be plotted along a continuum from weak to moderate to strong.

Keywords:   community, urban community, congregation, neighborhood congregation, area congregation, metro congregation, urban impact

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