Souls of the City: Religion and the Search for Community in by Etan Diamond

By Etan Diamond

Who has time for group within the glossy city? the reply might shock you: it sounds as if plenty of us. As this booklet discusses, non secular groups have lengthy been a major manner for individuals in all elements of the trendy urban to return jointly. no matter if in new suburban subdivisions, in rural components present process switch, or in inner-city neighborhoods, humans of all social backgrounds, races, and fiscal potential have used their congregations for you to set down new roots and to carry directly to previous ones. concentrating on Indianapolis, Indiana, a urban in America's geographical and cultural heartland, Souls of the town describes the variety of adjustments to America's towns and American faith over the last many years of the 20 th century. In exhibiting the historic skill of non secular congregations to turn into "places" of worship, this ebook demanding situations those that lament the soulless nature of contemporary metropolitan lifestyles.

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In the postwar period, that need was high. Just prior to World War II, the diocese created St. Thomas Aquinas and Christ the King parishes to serve the entire northern part of Marion County, and St. Christopher parish for much of the west side. In the three years immediately following the war, nine new parishes were founded on all sides of the city. Five more were added in the s, and four  Souls of the City more in the s. Typically, the impetus for a new Catholic parish came from the central office, with input from local members, particularly those who lived in newly settled areas far from the parish church.

52 In these temporary churches, congregational members would set up and take down the ‘‘sanctuary’’ as needed. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, housed in the Lawrence Youth Building from  to , shared its space with a variety of community groups, including Boy Scouts, volunteer firemen, and even a Thursday-evening traffic and small claims court. Each Sunday morning, members came in early, set up the Sunday school, and rearranged the room for worship. Following services, they stored the altar, pulpit, chairs, organ, pictures, candelabra, hymnals, and even the crosses in closets for the week.

His replacement, Rev. 37 The initial point of conflict came over the school, which Hieber felt was less important to the church mission. His attitude outraged many in the congregation, who began to talk of leaving the church outright and forming a new congregation. Dissension grew when Hieber began to deny communion to his opponents within the congregation. Recognizing their disenfranchisement from their own church, and seeing an opportunity in the growth of the northwest side of Indianapolis, this group chose to leave Grace Lutheran and strike out on their own.

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