By Robert A. Orsi
"Fascinating insights into sleek city spiritual perform make Orsi's assortment a must-read." ―Publishers Weekly
"The essays offer perception into the cultural creativity, reinterpretation of worship and spiritual ingenuity of urban humans over the past 50 years." ―Library Journal
"At final, an incredible dissection of the nice secret in smooth American
life―how faith and spirituality prospered amidst industrialization,
urbanization, and rampant technological swap after 1880!" ―Jon Butler, Yale University
"Urban faith" moves many as an oxymoron. How can faith thrive within the alienated, secular, fast moving, and materialistic international of the trendy, Western urban? The authors during this assortment think that towns not just supplies the settings for spiritual expression, but additionally are fabric to the studies which provide upward push to these spiritual expressions. during this publication, they discover the extraordinarily city different types of spiritual adventure and perform that experience built with regards to the areas, social stipulations, and heritage of yankee cities.
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Four years later, Wesley Chapel included a kindergarten, a day nursery, a young ladies' benevolent society, a legal aid society (called the "bureau of justice"), a home visitation society, and a building society to encourage home ownership in the community. 41 Churches had functioned as social centers in African American communities since before the Civil War; historian Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham has called the black church a "discursive, critical arena" where crucial issues of community life were engaged.
Racist restrictions, sometimes violently enforced, limited where these newcomers could live; older black neighborhoods such as Harlem, Chicago's Bronzeville, and East Saint Louis quickly became overcrowded. 57 The new migrants were the most visible markers of a broader transformation under way in the cities. But the great lament of many in the old neighborhoodsthat "they" took "our" cities awayobscures the more complex reality that many things led to the passing of the old neighborhoods in the 1960s, including decisions made by the children and grandchildren of immigrants and disastrous schemes hatched by politicians they had elected and trusted.
Whereas settlement house workers discovered the recognizability of immigrants and migrants and offered a culturally pluralistic model of American society, the charity movement, operating with suspicion and mistrust for city life and poor people, authorized difference and separation. COS doctrine emphasized the moral complicity of poor people and insisted that clients acknowledge personal failings as a precondition for assistance. " Dossiers compiled by COS visitors, whose ongoing scrutiny of the poor was referred to as "moral oversight for the soul" by one of the organization's leaders, were made available to banks and landlords, in addition to other relief agencies.