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Special Issue "Religion, Welfare and Social Service Provision: Common Ground"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2016).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: Religious service; Social Welfare Community Service; Social Program Development; Community Partnerships; Coalitions; Policy
For the last two decades from 30,000 feet, the average person and the distant scholar would think that religion’s contribution to public life has been embodied by a shadow boxing of sorts between the right and left. Such a broad stroke does make for good news, debate, and discussion, but does not capture the thousands, if not hundreds of thousands partnerships among religious communities, government, nonprofits, to fill the gaps mostly created by a world-wide shrinking of the “welfare state” and aimed at the “public good.” We are calling for papers that capture how houses of worship at the ground level, are increasingly “houses of service.” Papers in this Special Issue will be focused on building a better understanding of the intersection of general welfare policy, religion, and religion and service as it takes shape in the voluntary actions of the religious community.
The overall focus will be on assembling, in one volume, perhaps the first set of what may become seminal articles that cross “disciplinary boundaries” and address what is in the world at the intersection of religion, public health, social work, human services, theology, nonprofit management, medicine, community psychology, theology, and other theoretical and especially professional service fields by defining and exploring how and why partnerships work or don’t work in reality. A broad and long term goal of the volume would be to begin developing scholarship that better shapes best practices where the intersection of religion, welfare, and service converge.
Prof. Dr. Robert Wineburg
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Community Partnerships
- faith-based social/health/behavioral health service collaboration
- Faith and service
- Government by proxy
- inter-faith coalitions
- community ministry
- professional and lay partnerships
- health in place