New Ethnic and Immigrant Congregations Project: Completion Grant

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Start Date: 
Sat, 06/01/1996
End Date: 
Sat, 05/31/1997

The Completion Grant of the New Ethic and Immigrant Congregations Project (NEICP) constituted the major dissemination component of the larger NEICP study directed by R. Stephen Warner in 1993; it also supported the Chicago-Area Group for the Study of Religious Communities (CAGSRC) through the 1996-97 academic year. The study aimed: (1) to equip scholars for ethnographic studies of new ethnic and immigrant congregations, (2) to facilitate such research in the form of conference papers, book chapters and ultimately dissertations and monographs, (3) to encourage a younger and ethnically diverse generation of scholars to pursue such studies, and (4) to disseminate project findings and augment the literature in the field of US religion and racial-and-ethnic communities. The completion grant related to the fourth goal. <p> Warner and associates disseminated the findings by publishing a university press book and the convening of a closing conference. Warner and associate Judith Wittner oversaw the completion and editing of the book Gatherings in Diaspora (Temple University Press, 1998). The closing conference, held in New York on August 16-17, 1996, shared the findings of the study with a diverse group of audience including New York-area religious leaders, New England and Middle-Atlantic area religion researchers, immigration researchers and sociologists of religion. The conference also featured the assignment of discussant roles to four scholars: Ana Maria Diaz-Stevens (Union Seminary), Lawrence Mamiya (Vassar College), Pyong Gap Min (Queens College) and Mary Waters (Harvard University). <p> A portion of the grant funded a sixth year of the quarterly meetings of the Chicago-Area Group for the Study of Religious Communities. An ongoing research colloquium developed by Warner in 1991, CAGSRC invited a number of sociologists and historians throughout the year to address the group on women’s ordination, American Judaism as a case study on the economics of immigrant religion, and other related topics.