Sacred Strategies

Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary

Author: Isa Aron,Steven M. Cohen,Lawrence A. Hoffman,Ari Y. Kelman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1566996236

Category: Religion

Page: 282

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Sacred Strategies is about eight synagogues that reached out and helped people connect to Jewish life in a new way—congregations that had gone from commonplace to extraordinary. Over a period of two years, researchers Aron, Cohen, Hoffman, and Kelman interviewed 175 synagogue leaders and a selection of congregants (ranging from intensely committed to largely inactive). They found these congregations shared six traits: sacred purpose, holistic ethos, participatory culture, meaningful engagement, innovation disposition, and reflective leadership and governance. They write for synagogue leaders eager to transform their congregations, federations and foundations interested in encouraging and supporting this transformation, and researchers in congregational studies who will want to explore further. Part 1 of this book demonstrates how these characteristics are exemplified in the four central aspects of synagogue life: worship, learning, community building, and social justice. Part 2 explores questions such as: What enabled some congregations to become visionary? What hindered others from doing so? What advice might we give to congregational, federation, and foundation leaders? The picture that emerges in this book is one of congregations that were entrepreneurial, experimental, and committed to 'something better.'

The Comparative Archaeology of Complex Societies

Author: Michael E. Smith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139502034

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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Part of a resurgence in the comparative study of ancient societies, this book presents a variety of methods and approaches to comparative analysis through the examination of wide-ranging case studies. Each chapter is a comparative study, and the diverse topics and regions covered in the book contribute to the growing understanding of variation and change in ancient complex societies. The authors explore themes ranging from urbanization and settlement patterns, to the political strategies of kings and chiefs, to the economic choices of individuals and households. The case studies cover an array of geographical settings, from the Andes to Southeast Asia. The authors are leading archaeologists whose research on early empires, states, and chiefdoms is at the cutting edge of scientific archaeology.

Studies in Judaism and Jewish Education in Honor of Dr. Lifsa B. Schachter

Includes Several Essays Authored by Lifsa Schachter

Author: Jean Lettofsky,Brian Amkraut,Rabbi Jeffrey Schein

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1490783237

Category: Education

Page: 318

View: 6814

This book is a collection of essays in honor of the life and work of Dr. Lifsa Schachter . The contributors span a broad range of Dr. Schachter's 50-year involvement in Jewish education and scholarship. The three major foci of the volume--Bible, Hebrew, and Jewish education--reflect the three major arenas of her work. Within each of these areas, the essays encompass Dr. Schachter's commitment to thoughtful reflection (theory) and competent and creative implementation (practice). Also included are several essays by Dr. Schachter as well as reflections from Lifsa's students and colleagues on her contribution to their personal and professional growth.

The Other Calling

Theology, Intellectual Vocation and Truth

Author: Andrew Shanks

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470775483

Category: Religion

Page: 248

View: 7851

What is the true calling of the intellectual? In this provocative new book, Andrew Shanks presents a distinctive fresh answer. The Other Calling is a systematic riposte both to the elitism of philosophy in the heritage of Plato, and to the typical individualism of Plato's philosophic opponents. Here, instead, intellectual integrity is identified with a form of priesthood. Asserts that intellectuals are critical to bringing together the common aspirations of a community Offers a strikingly original approach to the moral and political aspects of theology’s relationship with philosophy, exploring the perspectives of both disciplines Draws on the work and thought of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Agnostics, and Atheists Argues for a new, religiously multicultural “priesthood of all thinkers”, considering how once, all intellectuals were as a matter of course also priests Published in the new and prestigious Illuminations series

Rabbi - Pastor - Priest

Their Roles and Profiles Through the Ages

Author: Walter Homolka,Heinz-Günther Schöttler

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110266962

Category: Religion

Page: 387

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Judentum und Christentum haben Amtsträger, um die vielfältigen Aufgaben der Gemeinschaft zu erfüllen. Die konkreten Verwirklichungsformen und Funktionen des Amtes sind dabei ständigem Wandel unterworfen. Die Beiträge gehen diesen Erwartungen an geistliche Amtsträger, an ihre Identität und Legitimation im Wandel der letzten Jahrhunderte nach.

The Social Psychology of Motivation

Psychology, Social psychology

Author: CTI Reviews

Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews

ISBN: 146721485X

Category: Education

Page: 18

View: 8699

Facts101 is your complete guide to The Social Psychology of Motivation. In this book, you will learn topics such as Reward and Punishment, Success and Failure, Motivation`s Effect on Cognition, and Cognition`s Effect on Motivation plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

Reframing Pilgrimage

Cultures in Motion

Author: Simon Coleman,John Eade

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134411707

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Reframing Pilgrimage argues that sacred travel is just one of the twenty-first century's many forms of cultural mobility. The contributors consider the meanings of pilgrimage in Christian, Mormon, Hindu, Islamic and Sufi traditions, as well as in secular contexts, and they create a new theory of pilgrimage as a form of voluntary displacement. This voluntary displacement helps to constitute cultural meaning in a world constantly 'en route'. Pilgrimage, which works both on global economic and individual levels, is recognised as a highly creative and politically charged force intimately bound up in economic and cultural systems


A Comparative Theology

Author: Michael Myers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136835725

Category: Social Science

Page: 284

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This book is a critique of western systematic theology. It borrows insights from India and other traditions; it is not a synthesis of religious traditions. The book includes two parts, method and systematics. It examines the traditional topics of systematic theology '- topics such as the existence and nature of God, revelation and reason, religious ethics and human practice, the relation of God to the world, Christology, and eschatology - and allows these topics to grow in conversation with India and to change according to dialogical insights. The book is prompted by a perceived need to cross the boundaries between western and Indian worldviews in a systematic and comprehensive way. The purpose of the book is to enable scholars worldwide to extend their theological resources and to look anew at the problems and prospects of a comparative, systematic theology.

How the Incas Built Their Heartland

State Formation and the Innovation of Imperial Strategies in the Sacred Valley, Peru

Author: R. Alan Covey

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472114788

Category: History

Page: 333

View: 6164

Inca archaeology has traditionally been intimately tied to the study of the Spanish chronicles, but archaeologists are often asked to explain how Inca civilization relates to earlier states and empires in the Andean highlands-a time period with little coinciding documentary record. Until recently, few archaeologists working in and around the Inca heartland conducted archaeological research into the period between AD 1000 and AD 1400, leaving a great divide between pre-Inca archaeology and Inca studies. In How the Incas Built Their Heartland R. Alan Covey supplements an archaeological approach with the tools of a historian, forming an interdisciplinary study of how the Incas became sufficiently powerful to embark on an unprecedented campaign of territorial expansion and how such developments related to earlier patterns of Andean statecraft. In roughly a hundred years of military campaigns, Inca dominion spread like wildfire across the Andes, a process traditionally thought to have been set in motion by a single charismatic ruler, Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui. Taking nearly a century of archaeological research in the region around the Inca capital as his point of departure, Covey offers an alternative description of Inca society in the centuries leading up to imperial expansion. To do so, Covey proposes a new reading of the Spanish chronicles, one that focuses on processes, rather than singular events, occurring throughout the region surrounding Cusco, the Inca capital. His focus on long-term regional changes, rather than heroic actions of Inca kings, allows the historical and archaeological evidence to be placed on equal interpretive footing. The result is a narrative of Inca political origins linking Inca statecraft to traditions of Andean power structures, long-term ecological changes, and internal social transformations. By reading the Inca histories in a compatible way, Covey shows that it is possible to construct a unified theory of how the Inca heartland was transformed after AD 1000. R. Alan Covey is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University.

Exploring Religion and the Sacred in a Media Age

Author: Christopher Deacy,Elisabeth Arweck

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754665274

Category: Religion

Page: 260

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In recent years, there has been growing awareness across a range of academic disciplines of the value of exploring issues of religion and the sacred in relation to cultures of everyday life. Exploring Religion and the Sacred in a Media Age offers inter-di

Tenure in the Sacred Grove

Issues and Strategies for Women and Minority Faculty

Author: Joanne E. Cooper,Dannelle D. Stevens

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791453018

Category: Education

Page: 253

View: 9803

A treasure trove of information for women and minorities in the academy who are beginning their quest for tenure.

Sacred Natural Sites

Conserving Nature and Culture

Author: Bas Verschuuren,Jeffrey McNeely,Gonzalo Oviedo,Robert Wild

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136530746

Category: Nature

Page: 336

View: 4559

Sacred Natural Sites are the world's oldest protected places. This book focuses on a wide spread of both iconic and lesser known examples such as sacred groves of the Western Ghats (India), Sagarmatha /Chomolongma (Mt Everest, Nepal, Tibet - and China), the Golden Mountains of Altai (Russia), Holy Island of Lindisfarne (UK) and the sacred lakes of the Niger Delta (Nigeria). The book illustrates that sacred natural sites, although often under threat, exist within and outside formally recognised protected areas, heritage sites. Sacred natural sites may well be some of the last strongholds for building resilient networks of connected landscapes. They also form important nodes for maintaining a dynamic socio-cultural fabric in the face of global change. The diverse authors bridge the gap between approaches to the conservation of cultural and biological diversity by taking into account cultural and spiritual values together with the socio-economic interests of the custodian communities and other relevant stakeholders.

Bringing the Sacred Down to Earth

Adventures in Comparative Religion

Author: Corinne G. Dempsey

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199860343

Category: Religion

Page: 216

View: 1947

In Bringing the Sacred Down to Earth, Corinne Dempsey offers a comparative study of Hindu and Christian, Indian and Euro/American earthbound religious expressions. She argues that official religious, political, and epistemological systems tend to deny sacred access and expression to the general populace, and are abstracted and disembodied in ways that make them irrelevant to if not neglectful of earthly realities. Working at cross purposes with these systems, attending to material needs, conferring sacred access to a wider public, and imbuing land and bodies with sacred meaning and power, are religious frameworks featuring folklore figures, democratizing theologies, newly sanctified land, and extraordinary human abilities. Some scholars will see Dempsey's juxtapositions of Hindu and Christian religious dynamics, many of which exist on opposite sides of the globe, as a leap into a disciplinary minefield. Many have argued for decades that comparison is an outmoded, politically troubled approach to the human sciences. More recently opponents of this view, represented by a growing number of religion scholars, are ''writing back'' in comparison's defense, asserting the merits of a readjusted, carefully contextualized, new comparativism. But, says Dempsey, the inestimable advantages of the comparative method performed in this book are disciplinary as well as ethical. As she demonstrates in this stimulating book, the process of comparison can shed light on angles and contours otherwise obscured and perform the important work of bridging human contingencies and perception across religious, cultural, and disciplinary divides.

The Sacred and Profane in English Renaissance Literature

Author: Mary Arshagouni Papazian

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 9780874130256

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 377

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This collection of 13 original essays addresses how properly to define the intersection between the sacred and profane in early modern English literature. These essays cover a variety of works published in 16th and 17th century England, as well as a variety of genres.

Sacred Dreams

Women and the Superintendency

Author: C. Cryss Brunner

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791441596

Category: Social Science

Page: 231

View: 1124

Offers practical advice and research results on women school superintendents, a field traditionally dominated by men.

Shared Idioms, Sacred Symbols, and the Articulation of Identities in South Asia

Author: Kelly Pemberton,Michael Nijhawan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135904766

Category: Religion

Page: 262

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How do text, performance, and rhetoric simultaneously reflect and challenge notions of distinct community and religious identities? This volume examines evidence of shared idioms of sanctity within a larger framework of religious nationalism, literary productions, and communalism in South Asia. Contributors to this volume are particularly interested in how alternative forms of belonging and religious imaginations in South Asia are articulated in the light of normative, authoritative, and exclusive claims upon the representation of identities. Building upon new and extensive historiographical and ethnographical data, the book challenges clear-cut categorizations of group identity and points to the complex historical and contemporary relationships between different groups, organizations, in part by investigating the discursive formations that are often subsumed under binary distinctions of dominant/subaltern, Hindu/Muslim or orthodox/heterodox. In this respect, the book offers a theoretical contribution beyond South Asia Studies by highlighting a need for a new interdisciplinary effort in rethinking notions of identity, ethnicity, and religion.

Sacred Languages and Sacred Texts

Author: John Sawyer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134801394

Category: History

Page: 200

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Sacred Languages and Sacred Texts is the first comprehensive study of the role of languages and texts in the religions of the Greco-Roman world, including Judaism and Christianity. It explores bilingualism, language learning, literacy, book production and translation, as well as some of the more explicitly religious factors, including beliefs about language, missionary zeal, ritual, conservatism and the power of a priestly establishment. Sacred Languages and Sacred Texts sheds new light on the role of the power of words, spoken and written, in religion.

The Ambivalence of the Sacred

Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation

Author: R. Scott Appleby,Scott R. Appleby

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847685554

Category: Political Science

Page: 429

View: 6259

Terrorists and peacemakers may grow up in the same community and adhere to the same religious tradition. The killing carried out by one and the reconciliation fostered by the other indicate the range of dramatic and contradictory responses to human suffering by religious actors. This book explains what religious terrorists and religious peacemakers share in common, what causes them to take different paths in fighting injustice, and how a deeper understanding of religious extremism can and must be integrated more effectively into our thinking about tribal, regional, and international conflict.

Sacred Economies

Buddhist Monasticism and Territoriality in Medieval China

Author: Michael J. Walsh

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231519931

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Buddhist monasteries in medieval China employed a variety of practices to ensure their ascendancy and survival. Most successful was the exchange of material goods for salvation, as in the donation of land, which allowed monks to spread their teachings throughout China. By investigating a variety of socioeconomic spaces produced and perpetuated by Chinese monasteries, Michael J. Walsh reveals the "sacred economies" that shaped early Buddhism and its relationship with consumption and salvation. Centering his study on Tiantong, a Buddhist monastery that has thrived for close to seventeen centuries in southeast China, Walsh follows three main topics: the spaces monks produced, within and around which a community could pursue a meaningful existence; the social and economic avenues through which monasteries provided diverse sacred resources and secured the primacy of Buddhist teachings within an agrarian culture; and the nature of "transactive" participation within monastic spaces, which later became a fundamental component of a broader Chinese religiosity. Unpacking these sacred economies and repositioning them within the history of religion in China, Walsh encourages a different approach to the study of Chinese religion, emphasizing the critical link between religious exchange and the production of material culture.

The Sacred Universe

Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-First Century

Author: Thomas Berry

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231520646

Category: Religion

Page: 200

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A leading scholar, cultural historian, and Catholic priest who spent more than fifty years writing about our engagement with the Earth, Thomas Berry possessed prophetic insight into the rampant destruction of ecosystems and the extinction of species. In this book he makes a persuasive case for an interreligious dialogue that can better confront the environmental problems of the twenty-first century. These erudite and keenly sympathetic essays represent Berry's best work, covering such issues as human beings' modern alienation from nature and the possibilities of future, regenerative forms of religious experience. Asking that we create a new story of the universe and the emergence of the Earth within it, Berry resituates the human spirit within a sacred totality.