Religion, Culture, and Family Project Completion Grant

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Start Date: 
Wed, 12/01/1993
End Date: 
Wed, 12/31/1997

Don Browning and associates directed the final phase of an earlier study on religion, culture, and family. The study had aimed to find and disseminate the theological, ethical and institutional resources within American (Protestant, Catholic and Jewish) religious traditions so that churches and synagogues might better respond to the decline of today’s American family. The specific purposes of the final phase were: (1) to complete funding from the previous grant for Project books as well as for study’s direction, coordination and dissemination; and (2) to fund the study’s major 1996 Chicago conference. <p> The Project grouped the books into three categories: constructive projects, historical projects and congregational projects. Constructive projects included books and/or monographs on gender, sex and ethics, religion, feminism and the family, reproductive technology and the family, marriage, religion and law, faith, family and economic life, and American religion and the family debate. Historical projects consisted of works on the family in ancient Israel, the family in the New Testament, and the family in American history. Congregational works included denominational traditions and the family, congregations and family ministry, and a family and religion handbook. <p> The September 10-11, 1996 conference titled “Religion and the American Family Debate: Deeper Understandings, New Directions,” was held at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center. Its purpose was to generate wide interest in the study and in its particular findings. Over 200 ministers, scholars, family research leaders and members of the press interacted with Project authors and editors as they addressed issues like denominational differences in the family debate, biblical backgrounds, feminism, law and economics, and the future of the church’s ministry to families.