Civil Society, Civic Engagement and Catholicism in the U.S.

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Antonius Liedhegener, Werner Kremp (Eds.)

Civil Society, Civic Engagement and Catholicism in the U.S.

ISBN 978-3-88476-960-7, 280 S., kt., € 25,00 (2007)

(Atlantische Texte, Bd. 27)

Antonius Liedhegener
Civic Engagment by Religion. American Civil Society and the Catholic Case in Perspective. An Introduction

I. Civil Society and Religion in the U.S.

John Farina
A Fresh Moment of Dialogue. Religion and Liberalism Revisited

Mark Chaves
Congregations' Significance to American Civic Life

Corwin E. Smidt
Faith-Based Initiatives: A New Chance or a Political Threat to American Civil Society?

Frank Adloff
Civil Society, Civic Engagement, and Religion: Findings and Research Problems in Germany and the U.S.

II. Civic Engagement and Volunteering in American Catholicism: Research

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels
Catholic Civic Engagement: Recent Debates and Positions within the Catholic Church

Gerald P. Fogarty, S.J.
Volunteerism in the Land of Voluntarism: The American Catholic Church

James D. Davidson, Mark McCormick
Catholics and Civic Engagement: Empirical Findings at the Individual Level

Meghan Davis, Antonius Liedhegener
Catholic Civic Engagement at the Local Level. The Parish and Beyond

Bryan T. Froehle
Organizing Volunteering? National Catholic Organizations and Civic Engagement

III. Catholic Volunteering and Catholic Civic Engagement in Practice: Examples

Martin Kaiser
Volunteering as a Topic of Intercultural Learning. Experiences form German-American Exchange Programs

Andreas Henkelmann
"Crossing Over": A Project Supporting the Dialogue on the Catholic Church and Parish Life in the United States and Germany

Bryan T. Froehle
Parish Planning Processes and Catholic Volunteering in the U.S.

Jeffry Odell Korgen
State Catholic Conferences, Local Bishops, and Volunteer Leaders: A Pastoral Reflection on Catholic Legislative Advocacy on the Diocesan Level

IV. Catholic Civic Engagement and American Society: Contexts

Antonius Liedhegener
Still Something Special? The Recent Debate on Civil Society and Religion in the U.S. and the Catholic Tradition

John Farina
The Future of Catholic Civic Engagement


"Readers looking for an introduction to Catholic civic participation can treat this volume as a single if diverse set of conversations on the topic. They will come away with helpful summary statements, highly usable facts for lecture material, and very intriguing points of comparison for future research."

Paul Lichterman, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 47.3 (2008)