Religious Networking Organizations and Social Justice: An Ethnographic Case Study

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The current study provides an innovative examination of how and why religious networking organizations work for social justice in their local community. Similar to a coalition or community coordinating council, religious networking organizations are formal organizations comprised of individuals from multiple religious congregations who consistently meet to organize around a common goal. Based on over a year and a half of ethnographic participation in two separate religious networking organizations focused on community betterment and social justice, this study reports on the purpose and structure of these organizations, how each used networking to create social capital, and how religion was integrated into the organizations' social justice work. Findings contribute to the growing literature on social capital, empowering community settings, and the unique role of religious settings in promoting social justice. Implications for future research and practice also are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-245
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican journal of community psychology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 30 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethnography
  • Religion
  • Social capital
  • Social justice
  • Social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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