The planning grant for the study of mainline Protestantism

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Start Date: 
Wed, 10/01/1986
End Date: 
Sat, 10/31/1987

Hartford Seminary, collaborating with the University of Massachusetts, designed a study for understanding the major issues mainline Protestant churches in the United States face. Hartford angled its study from an historical and theological perspective with an effort to highlight generational interrelationships and differences. They broadened the scope of the study to include Britain and Europe, as well as Latin America, particularly Brazil. The process for shaping the study’s components included meetings and consultations, the collection and development of a bibliographic archive of social and demographic data on mainline Protestantism, and concluded with an international conference on the Sociology of Religion (held in 1987). Hartford framed its study around an international, interdisciplinary approach that pooled fifteen experts in the areas of history and sociology, including mainline denominational leaders.(MG)