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

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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

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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

The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War

Author: Todd K. Shackelford,Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199738408

Category: Psychology

Page: 546

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The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War synthesizes the theoretical and empirical work of leading scholars in the evolutionary sciences to produce the first extensive and authoritative review of this literature. Its breadth of coverage is unique, and ensures that the handbook provides essential reading for students and researchers in the fields of psychology, anthropology, criminology, sociology, ethology, biology, and behavioral ecology.

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

Sacred Natural Sites

Conserving Nature and Culture

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

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136530746

Category: Nature

Page: 336

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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: 0199860327

Category: Religion

Page: 199

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Corinne Dempsey offers a 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.

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

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