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Shared Parish
Author: Brett C. Hoover

ISBN: 9781479854394
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 31 July 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 583.0 x 389.5 x 2.2

Asfaith communities in the United States grow increasingly more diverse, manychurches are turning to theshared parish, a single church facilityshared by distinct cultural groups who retain their own worship and ministries.The fastest growing and most common of these are Catholic parishes shared byLatinos and white Catholics. Shared parishes remain one of the few institutionsin American society that allows cultural groups to maintain their own languageand customs while still engaging in regular intercultural negotiationsover the sharedspace.

Thisbook explores the shared parish through an in-depth ethnographic study of aRoman Catholic parish in a small Midwestern city demographically transformed byMexican immigration in recent decades. Through its depiction of shared parishlife, the book argues for new ways of imagining the U.S. Catholic parish as anorganization. The parish, argues Brett C. Hoover, must be conceived as bothacongregation and part of a centralized system, and as onepiece in a complex social ecology.The Shared Parish alsoposits that the search for identity and adequate intercultural p...

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