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The Invisible Caring Hand: American Congregations and the Provision of Welfare [Hardcover]

By Ram Cnaan (Author) & John Diiulio (Foreword by)
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Popular calls to transform our current welfare system and supplant it with effective and inexpensive faith-based providers are gaining political support and engendering heated debate about the separation of church and state. Yet we lack concrete information from which to anticipate how such initiatives might actually work if adopted.

Despite the assumption that congregations can help many needy people in our society, it remains to be seen how extensive they wish their involvement to be, or if they have the necessary tools to become significant providers in the social service arena. Moreover, how will such practices, which will move faith-based organizations towards professionalization, ultimately affect the spirit of volunteerism now prevalent in America's religious institutions?

We lack sufficient knowledge about congregational life and its ability to play a key role in social service provision. The Invisible Caring Hand attempts to fill that void. Based on in-depth interviews with clergy and lay leaders in 251 congregations nationwide, it reveals the many ways in which congregations are already working, beneath the radar, to care for people in need. This ground-breaking volume will provide much-sought empirical data to social scientists, religious studies scholars, and those involved in the debates over the role of faith-based organizations in faith-based services, as well as to clergy and congregation members themselves.

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The Invisible Caring Hand: American Congregations and the Provision of Welfare by Ram Cnaan & John Diiulio has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christian Century - 08/24/2004 page 27

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Item Specifications...

Studio: NYU Press
Pages   328
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6.36" Height: 1.07"
Weight:   1.33 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2002
Publisher   NYU Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0814716172  
ISBN13  9780814716175  

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Ram Cnaan is Professor in the School of Social Work and former Associate Director of the Center for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also the founder and director of the Program for the Study of Organized Religion and Social Work. He is the coauthor of "The Newer Deal: Social Work and Religion in Partnership."

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1Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Current Events > Poverty > Social Services & Welfare
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Philanthropy & Charity
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4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > General
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6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Evangelism > Missions & Missionary Work
8Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Church & State

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Excellent, ground-breaking book  Jun 24, 2007
Cnaan has done a brilliant job, bringing his research to lay people. In writing my dissertation on externally focused churches, I found this book indespensible in my literature review.

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