By Charles D. Cashdollar

A religious Home explores congregational existence within British and American Reformed church buildings among 1830 and 1915. At a time while students became attracted to the daily adventure of neighborhood congregations, this ebook reaches again into the 19th century, a seriously formative interval in Anglo-American non secular lifestyles, to ascertain the ancient roots of congregational life.Taking the viewpoint of the laity, Cashdollar levels extensively from worship and track to fund-raising and management, from pastoral care to social paintings, from prayer conferences to strawberry fairs, from the sanctuary to the kitchen. Firmly rooted in broader currents of gender, classification, notions of middle-class respectability, expanding expectancies for private privateness, and styles of professionalization, he reveals that there has been a steady shift in emphasis in the course of those years from piety to fellowship. according to files, courses, and memorabilia from approximately one hundred fifty congregations representing 8 denominations, A religious Home supplies us a entire, composite portrait of non secular existence in Victorian Britain and America.

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