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The Sociology of Worship

Roman R. Williams & Mark T. Mulder Originally published on October 17, 2016, in the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Overview Worship stands as the central act of congregational life. Some have described congregations as organizations whose primary product is the worship service. While churches…
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June 19, 2019
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Congregational Snapshots: Understanding and Engaging Congregations through Cell Phone Photographs

Roman R. Williams Originally published on November 25, 2014 in Studying Congregations. Images are everywhere and everyone—from my school-aged children to professionals schooled in digital media production—is making them. Digital cameras are commonplace, standard equipment in cell phones. These devices record countless photographs and videos,…
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June 3, 2019
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Interfaith Insight: Different faiths coming together around common interests

Originally published on January 31, 2019 in the Grand Rapids Press. Douglas Kindschi, Director, Kaufman Interfaith Institute How do cellphones promote interfaith understanding?  A project called the Interfaith Photovoice Initiative brought together people from different faith groups in Grand Rapids to explore each other’s faith…
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From Evaluation to Engagement
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Walking with Cameras
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When a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Visual Program Evaluation
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Religion, Migration, and Change in a European City

Roman R. Williams Religion in Europe changed dramatically over the last century. In the early 1900s, Christianity held a monopoly in Europe and churches enjoyed high rates of religious affiliation and participation. Everyone seemed to adhere to some brand of Christianity. A hundred years later,…
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Constructing a Calling: The Case of Evangelical Christian International Students in the United States
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Space for God: Lived Religion at Work, Home, and Play
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Visual Tools for Visual Times: Innovation and Opportunity in the Visual Sociology of Religion