The CSR is well into administering a completely online Christian Reformed Church 150th Anniversary Survey. More than 1400 responses have already been received!
The CSR would like to thank all who have participated as well as the survey coordinators who have been invaluable in recruiting participants.
Please follow this link to fill out the survey if you are part of a CRC congregation and would like to participate.
|In summer 2007, Dr. Fred De Jong and social work student Lauren Vander Plas (at left) completed a significant report for the Grand Rapids Healthy Communities Access Program (GRHCAP), a federal grant awarded to Cherry Street Health Services as the head of a regional consortium of health care organizations.|
The report’s maps illustrate the depth and breadth of low-income coverage provided by Grand Rapids’ growing clinic network. For example, the green areas in the map detail below show that the low-income patient population living in central Grand Rapids is a substantial proportion of the estimated low-income population in those same areas.
CSR is working away on two major projects related to the Christian Reformed Church, Calvin College’s parent church.
A report to the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence (SPE) program on the Spring 2007 survey of pastors and clerks of council, to be presented to the SPE advisory board at their November 15 meeting and posted for public view thereafter. The report will compare results with the first wave conducted in 2004-2005, documented in a 2005 report.
The fifth quinquennial (every five years since 1987) survey of CRC members and attenders, conducted in the CRC’s Sesquicentennial (150th) year. The new survey is sponsored by the Ministry Council of the CRCNA, led by former CSR director Rodger Rice, and scheduled for all-electronic deployment later this fall.
|Constructing a study|
of faith and cities
CSR’s faculty Fellows for 2006-2008 are Drs. Mark Mulder of Sociology (on left above) and James K. A. Smith of Philosophy (on right above). The duo will present a report on their work in progress, “Subdivided by Faith,” at the conference on Ecclesiology and Ethnology at Yale University’s Center for Faith and Culture on Saturday morning, September 28.
In Spring 2007, students from Dr. Smith’s Philosophy of the Social Sciences class (PHIL 201/SOC 395) and Dr. Mulder’s Urban Sociology class (SOC 302) interviewed local residents from a wide range of religious traditions and geographies to gain insight into religious believers’ attitudes toward urban areas. The presentation at Yale will draw on the scholars’ early readings of these interview transcripts.