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Ruth Braunstein, Todd Nicholas Fuist, and Rhys H. Williams

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479854769

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479854769.001.0001

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Why Congregations Mobilize for Progressive Causes

Why Congregations Mobilize for Progressive Causes

(p.76) 3 Why Congregations Mobilize for Progressive Causes
Religion and Progressive Activism

Kraig Beyerlein

A. Joseph West

NYU Press

Kraig Beyerlein and A. Joseph West’s chapter examines what qualities congregations that mobilize for progressive causes share. Generally speaking, progressive political mobilization out of congregations is rare, but Beyerlein and West identify several “causal recipes” that suggest which congregations are most likely to engage in progressive politics. In particular, they focus on combinations of variables including the presence of a liberal ideology and social justice orientation in the congregation, and the presence of educated clergy and laity. In so doing, Beyerlein and West provide broad templates of the kind of congregations that we may see engage in progressive action.

Keywords:   congregations, mobilization, liberal ideology, social justice, educated, clergy, laity

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