|CSR’s major summer project, the Kent County Congregations Study, made the front page of the Grand Rapids Press newspaper today. In scope, KCCS is one of the most ambitious local studies of congregations ever undertaken. Because the goal is to learn how to provide better future service provision to the needy, the study aims to reach as much of the complete county population of congregations as possible. The CSR’s team of thirteen student field interviewers has conducted over ninety face-to-face interviews with local clergy since June 21, aiming for more than 250 completed interviews by August 20. Another team of interviewers at RDV Corporation will seek an additional 120 interviews with primarily African-American and Latino congregations, while the Center for Marketing and Opinion Research in Akron, Ohio has been contracted to contact another 250-plus by telephone. Update: we have a nice PDF of the Press article for online viewing only; contact us or the Press if you are interested in a print copy.|
The Kent County Congregation Study (KCCS) team were all in one place today, enjoying lunch and preparing to interview clergy all over the county.
|Front Row (seated or kneeling):||Benjamin Moore, Rev. Lorenzo Miguel, Yolanda Ivens, Neil Carlson, Grace Miguel, Jessica Siekmeier, Zuri Suero.|
|Second Row:||Elizabeth Gonzalez, Paula Simoni, Joseph Pichardo, Dana Doll, Nate Medeiros-Ward, Stephanie Skaar, Uduak Thomas, Edwin Hernandez.|
|Third Row:||Rev. Fred Comer, Rev. Joe Jones, Lori Verspoor, Deborah Lemmen, Jordan Bruxvoort, Rev. Royce Evans, Todd LaForest, Rev. Dallas Lenear.|
|Not pictured:||Austin Graff, Dan Eizenga|
It's a wonderful group of people!
February 26, 2007. 3:30 p.m. Meeter Center Lecture Hall Scholar Nancy Ammerman, Professor of Sociology of Religion at Boston University will be giving a lecture entitled “Doing Good in the World: How Congregations Make a Difference.” Dr. Ammerman’s studies over the last decade have been devoted to American religious congregations. She is the author of nearly a dozen books and is active in educating the public on matters of American religious life. Her books have focused on patterns in faith communities, conservative religious movements and the role of religion in American life. In 2005 she discussed the religion and American family in an interview with Kim Lawton. (read it here) In addition to her many scholarly endeavors, Dr. Ammerman was involved as an advisor in the U.S. government’s investigation of the confrontation with the Branch Davidians at Waco. She served on a panel of experts convened by the U.S Departments of Justice and Treasury and testified before the Judiciary Committee. She also spent time in Israel, lecturing under U.S. State Department sponsorship. To find out more about Dr. Ammerman and see a list of her publications, visit her website. Also, view a transcript of an interview she gave on American congregations.
For anyone who is interested in environmentalism, especially issues of sustainability and energy resources, then come hear Fred Smith, founder and president of a free market public policy group called the Competitive Enterprise Institute, on Thursday, February 15, 2007 in SB 010 at 3:30 PM. Fred Smith combines intellectual and strategic analysis of complex policy issues, and he does so with an informative and entertaining presentation style. For more information on Smith and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, visit Fred Smith’s Bio
Professor Ken Piers will respond to Smith’s presentation, which will be followed by a Q & A session. This dialogue is open to anyone with an interest in questions of sustainability.
The president of Free the Slaves and professor of sociology at Roehampton University will be giving a talk on his book, “Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy,” and the disturbing reality of modern slavery. As an expert in the field of modern slavery, Bales has presented his scholarly work at many venues. In 2000, Bales worked to produce the documentary, “Slavery: A Global Investigation,” which has won several awards, including the Peabody Award in 2000 and two Emmy Awards in 2002. For more information on Bales’ work, please visit Free the Slaves and come to the Commons Lecture Hall on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM.