The Socio-Political Involvement of a Cross-Section of Churches in the Kalamazoo Area
Shook, Ronald Charles
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Churches as institutions have been one of the most important influences in the history of the United States both in the past and in the present. This project concerns one aspect of that influence, socio-political involvement, as it has been manifested recently by a specific group of churches in and around Kalamazoo, Michigan. It has as its subject of analysis not only the churches of the urban areas where, "this is where it's happening" but also the rural churches. Our heritage and tradition are very much rural. While we may not be a people as tied to heritage and tradition as are the peoples of other places and times we must realize that the rural, agrarian influence is yet a very strong and consequential force to be reckoned with. Much social and political research has not attempted to reckon with this influence, perhaps because it is implicit rather than explicit in our conduct and our behavior. We felt that the urban church may be "where it's happening" as far as religious involvement in the socio-political sphere is concerned, but this urban church still has one foot planted in the rural past.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.