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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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Challenges and Opportunities of Community Organizing in Suburban Congregations

Challenges and Opportunities of Community Organizing in Suburban Congregations

(p.161) 7 Challenges and Opportunities of Community Organizing in Suburban Congregations
Religion and Progressive Activism

Kristin Geraty

NYU Press

Kristin Geraty’s chapter focuses on a faith-based community organizing coalition that mobilizes congregations for progressive action around issues of fair housing, education, and workforce development, but in which many participants are registered Republicans and consider themselves theological conservatives. The chapter shows how the coalition struggles to construct a call to action that resonates with members, and to negotiate how their religious identity is communicated and interpreted in an affluent, suburban environment where the intersection of religion and politics is almost always conservative.

Keywords:   faith-based community organizing, coalition, suburban, congregations, Republicans, theological conservatives, religious identity

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