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Religion and the New ImmigrantsSocial Capital, Identity, and Civic Engagement$
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Michael W. Foley and Dean R. Hoge

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195188707

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188707.001.0001

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 Immigrant Worship Communities in the Public Square

 Immigrant Worship Communities in the Public Square

(p.115) 4 Immigrant Worship Communities in the Public Square
Religion and the New Immigrants

Michael W. Foley

Dean R. Hoge

Oxford University Press

Worship communities play important roles in civil society, in a few cases promoting political engagement around homeland causes and immigrant issues. Many communities provide informal or formal social services to their members; others focus their charitable activities on the needy in inner-city America or abroad. Needier immigrant communities tend primarily to their own, especially in family-style worship communities; others draw on denominational resources to provide for immigrant members and others in their surroundings. More affluent worship communities provide money, goods, and volunteers for causes outside their immediate communities. Circumstances of immigration, the demographic profile of worship communities, and their organizational cultures and religious ties thus explain the considerable variation in the civic presence of immigrant worship communities.

Keywords:   civil society, homeland causes, social services, charitable activities, denominational resources, volunteers, circumstances of immigration, organizational culture, civic presence

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