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An explosion of flourishing black megachurches has changed the landscape of American religious life. Boasting memberships into the tens of thousands and meeting within both adorned walls and refurbished warehouse buildings, these contemporary fruits of the Civil Rights Movement hold many of the resources necessary to address America's contemporary social disparities. After studying nearly 150 black megachurches, Tamelyn N. Tucker-Worgs asks, How are these church communities engaging the public sphere? And, why are their approaches so varied?

The Black Megachurch sets aside the broad assumptions usually applied to the study of black churches and analyzes the three factors most necessary for social engagement—theological orientation, organization of community development initiatives, and gender-based spheres of labor and leadership. In doing so, Tucker-Worgs underscores the myriad ways in which black megachurches have responded to the changing social climate and concludes that while some have lived up to their potential, others have a long way to go.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title page
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  1. TABLE OF CONTENTS
  2. p. vii
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  1. LIST OF TABLES
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. LIST OF FIGURES
  2. p. xiii
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. xv-xix
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  1. 1--INTRODUCTION: Answering the Knock at Midnight
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 2--“GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN,THERE’S ROOM FOR MANY MORE”: The Black Megachurch Phenomenon
  2. pp. 21-50
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  1. 3--THEOLOGICAL ORIENTATION AS MOTIVE TO BLACK MEGACHURCH PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
  2. pp. 51-102
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  1. 4--“PROGRESS NOT PROTEST”; Black Megachurches and Community Development
  2. pp. 103-132
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  1. 5--DUAL GENDERED SPHERES AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT IN BLACK MEGACHURCHES: Women Carving Out Space to Make a Difference
  2. pp. 133-157
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  1. 6--CONCLUSION: Black Megachurches and Black Politics in the Twenty-First Century
  2. pp. 159-196
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 197-221
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 223-238
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 239-255
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781602584235
Print ISBN
9781932792744
MARC Record
OCLC
769189753
Pages
275
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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