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The Bridging Activity of Multiracial Congregations

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Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97320, Waco, TX 76798, USA
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Independent Researcher, Waco, TX 76703, USA
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Religions 2019, 10(3), 204; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10030204
Received: 24 December 2018 / Revised: 13 March 2019 / Accepted: 14 March 2019 / Published: 18 March 2019
The growing diversity of U.S. communities has led scholars to explore how racial/ethnic diversity effects social capital, civic engagement, and social trust. Less is known about the relationship between diversity and the work of community-based organizations (CBOs). In this study, we examine how the racial/ethnic composition of one ubiquitous type of CBO, religious congregations, is related to measures of organizational bridging social capital. Analyzing data collected through a census of congregations in one Midwestern county, we explore the relationship between racial/ethnic diversity and the bridging activity of religious congregations. We find that multiracial congregations are more likely to be involved with externally focused service programs, tend to support a larger number of programs, and report more interorganizational collaborators than other congregations. Our findings suggest that multiracial congregations can provide a valuable resource for increasingly diverse communities and civil society. View Full-Text
Keywords: multiracial congregations; civil society; civic engagement; social capital; community-based organizations multiracial congregations; civil society; civic engagement; social capital; community-based organizations
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Polson, E.C.; Gillespie, R. The Bridging Activity of Multiracial Congregations. Religions 2019, 10, 204. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10030204

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Polson EC, Gillespie R. The Bridging Activity of Multiracial Congregations. Religions. 2019; 10(3):204. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10030204

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Polson, Edward C., and Rachel Gillespie. 2019. "The Bridging Activity of Multiracial Congregations" Religions 10, no. 3: 204. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10030204

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