Responsive Communities: Faith at Work in Indianapolis 1999-2001

Responsive Communities: Faith at Work in Indianapolis 1999-2001


Responsive Communities was intended to present new ideas for ministry by highlighting local, faith-based responses to important social issues. Responsive Communities, was part of the Project on Religion and Urban Culture.

This newsletter was published from July 1999 to March 2001. Each issue has a topical title.

Recent Submissions

  • Unknown author (2001-03)
    Homosexuality is an increasingly divisive issue for congregations and denominations. Through dialogue, some congregations are trying to better understand—and reconcile, if possible—the polarized positions. This issue ...
  • Slutz, Ted (2001-02)
    Millions of Americans live with the threat of going hungry. Congregations and religious organizations provide food to the hungry, promote self-sufficiency, and lobby for public policies to relieve hunger.
  • Slutz, Ted (2001-01)
    Both medical science and cultural trends have focused attention recently on the connection between faith and healing, a subject about whch congregations have had conflicting opinions. Congregations are reclaiming spirituality’s ...
  • Slutz, Ted (2000-11)
    Each year, millions of Americans seek help for addictions of all kinds. Some congregations host 12-step groups, and other congregations form their own recovery support groups.
  • Slutz, Ted (2000-10)
    Low-income communities often have no access, or only limited access, to banking services and investment capital. Congregations have started credit unions to leverage the economic resources of their members and neighborhoods.
  • Slutz, Ted (2000-09)
    Many children have few positive adult influences and limited opportunities to learn fundamental social skills. Congregations have established mentoring programs to instill discipline, transmit values, and provide positive ...
  • Slutz, Ted (2000-07)
    A large number of U.S. residents are in jail or prison: a situation that burdens the imprisoned, their families, and society. Faith-based organizations are working to reduce recidivism and to serve the imprisoned in various ...
  • Slutz, Ted (2000-06)
    Congregations are often approached by non-member couples seeking to have a church wedding. While many congregations desire a more visible presence in their community, these weddings can be problematic. Many congregations ...
  • Slutz, Ted (2000-05)
    Urban congregations often have great needs, but lack the human and financial resources available in suburban congregations. Partnerships between urban and suburban congregations match resources with needs and create ...
  • Slutz, Ted (2000-04)
    Congregations often have little information about the activities and programs of other congregations. Ministerial alliances provide clergy with an opportunity to share information and a forum for addressing common concerns.
  • Slutz, Ted (2000-03)
    Despite the limited staffing and resources of congregations, people in need turn to them for social services. According to their missions and resources, congregations assist those in need directly or by referring them to ...
  • Slutz, Ted (2000-02)
    Since the 1960s, demand for child care has risen sharply. Congregations have started child care programs at a remarkable pace, particularly in the past few years.
  • Slutz, Ted (2000-01)
    Communities need services and meeting spaces, but these may not be locally available. Congregations respond to community needs by offering programs and opening their facilities to others.
  • Slutz, Ted (1999-10)
    Many parents perceive that public education has declined in quality, and believe that religious values have disappeared from schools. Faith-based schools offer a private school education grounded in freely expressed religious ...
  • Slutz, Ted (1999-11)
    The role of the private sector in sustaining the arts has become increasingly important as public funding has been cut. In small but significant ways, religious organizations are reviving their traditional role as patrons ...
  • Slutz, Ted (1999-12)
    An increasing number of people in Central Indiana have inadequate or no housing. Congregations are working together and with other organizations to devise programs to address housing needs.
  • Slutz, Ted (1999-09)
    The rapid growth of the Internet has dramatically changed the way people find and exchange information-leaving many congregations behind. Congregations are turning the Internet's power of communication into a tool for ...
  • Slutz, Ted (1999-08)
    Many health problems seem to have causes other than the physical conditions addressed by traditional medical practice. Parish nurses seek to help people with health problems by addressing their spiritual well-being.
  • Slutz, Ted (1999-07)
    Less-than-satisfactory performance by some established care providers, and the general graying of the American population, are generating demand for alternatives in senior care. A small though growing number of congregations ...

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