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By Charles D. Cashdollar

A religious domestic explores congregational lifestyles within British and American Reformed church buildings among 1830 and 1915. At a time whilst students became drawn to the daily adventure of neighborhood congregations, this e-book reaches again into the 19th century, a severely formative interval in Anglo-American spiritual existence, to check the ancient roots of congregational life.Taking the viewpoint of the laity, Cashdollar levels commonly from worship and tune to fund-raising and management, from pastoral care to social paintings, from prayer conferences to strawberry gala's, from the sanctuary to the kitchen. Firmly rooted in broader currents of gender, classification, notions of middle-class respectability, expanding expectancies for private privateness, and styles of professionalization, he unearths that there has been a gentle shift in emphasis in the course of those years from piety to fellowship.Based on files, guides, and memorabilia from approximately one hundred fifty congregations representing 8 denominations, a religious domestic offers us a finished, composite portrait of spiritual lifestyles in Victorian Britain and the US.

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Second Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, selected an 1895 committee of five—two elders, two trustees, and one congregational representative; a few years later, Central Presbyterian Church, Rochester, New York, used three elders, three trustees, and one at-large member. 43 In the years before midcentury, the meetings in which church members elected their ministers were preceded by prayer and fasting. As the congregation of Second Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia embarked on a pastoral search in 23 A Spiritual HOME 1833, the session appointed a day to be “set apart for .

A young woman, reflecting on her situation in 1912, showed both a hint of impatience for a more equal future and an ability to function quite well in the present. ”75 Males outside the circle of officeholders also availed themselves of informal channels of power. Men, or men and women together, could circulate a petition and submit it to the officers. 76 Sessions, standing committees, and trustees took such expressions, or even rumors of discontent, seriously. When a report of a disgruntled member reached the session at Fourth United Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh in 1857, they quickly sent one of their number to “see Mr.

13 The desire for a more efficiently administered church encouraged some congregations to dispense with the traditional life-time eldership or diaconate and elect officers for set terms, either three, four, five, or six years; incumbents could be reelected. The principle attraction of a term system was the ability to replace aging or incapacitated officers with younger, and what were assumed to be more vigorous, forward-looking men. 16 Congregationalists were free to change according to the desires of the local congregation, and began to do so in the 1870s.

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