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Title: Social Service and Advocacy: Community Engagement by Local Churches
Other Titles: NCLS Research Occasional Paper-30
Authors: Carol Gan
Miriam Pepper
Ruth Powell
Keywords: advocacy;service;community engagement;community service;social capital; Occasional Paper
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: NCLS Research
Citation: Gan, C. Pepper, M. & Powell, R. (2018). Social Service and Advocacy: Community Engagement by Local Churches. NCLS Research Occasional Paper 30. Sydney: NCLS Research.
Abstract: This paper uses data from the 2016 National Church Life Survey to chart the activities of local churches in social service and advocacy in their surrounding neighbourhoods. Local churches are a significant collective expression of religion in Australia. They are places of worship and religious practice and are also defined by their alignment with religious beliefs and teachings. Because they are embedded in the social fabric of local neighbourhoods, they are also assets to the wider community. Local churches are networks of people which nurture values and practices that contribute to the well-being of their members and the communities they serve, providing both emotional and material support. As organisations, local churches ascribe to the value of helping others, and can play an important role in meeting social and welfare needs through the provision of social services. The paper provides a breakdown of activities of social service, advocacy and community engagement of local churches in Australia.
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