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  • The honeymoon is over: Occupational relocation and changes in mental health among United Methodist clergy.
    Eagle, David E., Andrew A. Miles, and Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell (2017)
    Review of Religious Research 59:1: 31-45.

    Analyzes 2008 & '10 panel survey data from United Methodist clergy in the U.S.A. Those who had relocated between the 2 survey waves reported less stress & higher morale.

    Associated Search Terms: United Methodist, U.S.A.; Stress; Panel study; Clergy; Morale
  • Pastors and Public Life: The Changing Face of American Protestant Clergy.
    Smidt, Corwin E. (2016)
    New York: Oxford University Press.

    1989, 2001, & 2009 data

    Associated Search Terms: Disciples of Christ; Southern Baptist; Christian Reformed Church; United Methodist, U.S.A.; Reformed Church in America; Presbyterian, U.S.A.; Politics, U.S.A.; Clergy; Change; Assemblies of God, U.S.A.
  • We Shall Not Be Moved: Methodists Debate Race, Gender and Homosexuality.
    Nickell, Jane Ellen (2014)
    Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications.

    Associated Search Terms: Habitus; Conflict; Historical; Race; United Methodist, U.S.A.; Women; Homosexuality
  • Overcoming the challenges of pastoral work? Peer support groups and psychological distress among United Methodist Church clergy.
    Miles, Andrew, and Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell (2013)
    Sociology of Religion 74:2: 199-226.

    Based on 2008 focus group data & 2008-10 survey data--all from United Methodist clergy in North Carolina. Not all participants in peer support group session benefited from them.

    Associated Search Terms: Peer support groups; United States, North Carolina; United Methodist, U.S.A.; Stress; Clergy; Focus group
  • Are Rural Clergy Worse Off? An Examination of Occupational Conditions and Pastoral Experiences in a Sample of United Methodist Clergy.
    Miles, Andrew, and Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell (2012)
    Sociology of Religion 73:1: 23-45.

    Analyzes 2008 survey data from United Methodist clergy in North Carolina; the introduction of statistical controls leaves little difference in stress between urban & rural pastoral work.

    Associated Search Terms: United States, North Carolina; Clergy; Urban/rural; Clergy role; United Methodist, U.S.A.; Rural; Stress
  • Higher Education and Theological Liberalism: Revisiting the Old Issue.
    Reimer, Samuel H. (2010)
    Sociology of Religion 71:4: 393-408.

    Analyzes interview data from congregations in three U.S. cities from three denominations; exposure to secular theories in higher education liberalizes theological beliefs.

    Associated Search Terms: United Methodist, U.S.A.; Episcopal; Education; Assemblies of God, U.S.A.; Belief
  • A Tacit Sense of Evil? The Meaning of Politics in United Methodist Debates over Homosexuality.
    Moon, Dawne (2009)
    In Paul Lichterman and C. Brady Potts (eds.) The Civic Life of American Religion. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, pp. 123-139.

    Ethnogjraphy of 2 United Methodist congregations where people dffered over the issue of homosexuality but avoided 'politics,' which marked a limit to debate.

    Associated Search Terms: Homosexuality; Participant observation; Civil society; Parish; United Methodist, U.S.A.
  • Queer Inclusion in the United Methodist Church.
    Udis-Kessler, Amanda (2008)
    New York: Routledge.

    Participant observation shows that inclusionists' rights discourse did not work; the conservatives & moderates were more open to biblical arguments.

    Associated Search Terms: Homosexuality; Participant observation; Discourse; United Methodist, U.S.A.
  • How Denominational Resources Influence Debate About Homosexuality in Mainline Protestant Congregations.
    Cadge, Wendy, Laura R. Olson, and Christopher Wildeman (2008)
    Sociology of Religion 69:2: 187-207.

    Based on interviews with 3 denominations' clergy in the northeast U.S.A.; denominational literature narrowed the range of response categories in the congregations--e.g., modes of disagreement rather than departures.

    Associated Search Terms: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Homosexuality; United Methodist; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.
  • What Americans Really Believe.
    Stark, Rodney, et al. (2008)
    Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press.

    Based on the 2006 Baylor Survey on Religion.

    Associated Search Terms: New age; Catholic, U.S.A.; Foursquare Gospel; Jehovah´s Witness, U.S.A.; Media; Membership; United States; United Methodist, U.S.A.; Seventh-day Adventist, U.S.A.; Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee); Assemblies of God, U.S.A.; Church of God in Christ, U.S.A.; Politics, U.S.A.; Practice; Social capital; Southern Baptist; State; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; Unitarian Universalist; Nazarene, U.S.A.; Experience; Mormon, U.S.A.; Pentecostal, U.S.A.; Proselytizing; Strictness; Women; Atheist, U.S.A.; Evangelical, U.S.A.; Belief; United Church of Christ; Denomination (organizational entity); Disciples of Christ; Education; Contributions; Episcopal; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Communality; Megachurch
  • Hospitable or Hostile Environment: Sexual Harassment in the United Methodist Church.
    Murphy-Geise, Gail (2007)
    Review of Religious Research 48:3: 260-272.

    Based on a 2005 survey of a national sample of United Methodist Church members, clergy, students, & employees.

    Associated Search Terms: Sexual harassment; United Methodist
  • Every Time I Feel the Spirit: Religious Experience and Ritual in an African American Church.
    Nelson, Timothy J. (2005)
    New York: New York University Press.

    Associated Search Terms: African Methodist Episcopal Church; Parish; United States, South Carolina, Charleston; African Americans; Participant observation
  • The Antislavery Movement in Early America: Religion, Social Environment and Slave Manumission.
    Budros, Art (2005)
    Social Forces 84:2: 941-966.

    Examines the impact of Methodist anti-slavery preaching on manumission in a Virginia county, 1782-1808.

    Associated Search Terms: Abolitionist movement; Methodist, U.S.A.; United States, Virginia, Brunswick County; Slavery
  • The Churching of America, 1776-2005: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy.
    Finke, Roger, and Rodney Stark (2005)
    New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

    Revised edition of The Churching of America, 1776-1992. Received the 1993 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Korean translation published by Seorosarang Publishing, 2009.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, U.S.A.; Historical; United States; Episcopal; Typology; Ecumenism; Congregational, U.S.A.; Baptist, U.S.A.; Membership; Methodist, U.S.A.; Presbyterian, U.S.A.
  • Pastors in Transition: Why Clergy Leave Local Church Ministry.
    Hoge, Dean R., and Jacqueline E. Wenger (2005)
    Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2005.

    Based on 2002 questionnaire data from former U.S. Protestant clergy and a control group of active clergy, with telephone interview follow-ups with a subsample.

    Associated Search Terms: Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; Ex-clergy; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Lutheran, Missouri Synod; Assemblies of God, U.S.A.; United Methodist
  • God, Sex, and Politics: Homosexuality and Everyday Theologies.
    Moon, Dawne (2004)
    Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    Examines debates over homosexuality in two United Methodist congregations, 1 urban & liberal & 1 small-town, conservative, & evangelical.

    Associated Search Terms: Homosexuality; Participant observation; Conflict; United Methodist; Parish
  • The Language of God in the City of Man. Religious Discourse and Public Politics.
    Williams, Rhys H. (2003)
    In Corwin Smidt (ed.) Religion as Social Capital. Producing the Common Good. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, pp. 171-189.

    Religious language can bond at the cost of the bridging kind of social capital or bridge at the cost of the bonding kind.

    Associated Search Terms: United States; United Church of Christ; Culture; Social capital; Methodist, U.S.A.; Discourse
  • The Political Attitudes and Activities of Mainline Protestant Clergy in the Election of 2000: A Study of Six Denominations.
    Smidt, Corwin E., Sue E.S. Crawford, Melissa Deckman, Donald Gray, Dan Hofrenning, Laura R. Olson, Sherrie Steiner, and Beau Weston (2003)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 42:4: 515-532.

    Analyzes 2001 questionnaire data from mainline Protestant clergy. Denominations differ in adherence to the social gospel & the moral reform movement. Differences in political party also occurred among & within denominations.

    Associated Search Terms: Politics, U.S.A.; Disciples of Christ; United Methodist; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; Reformed Church in America; American Baptist; Clergy; Protestant, U.S.A.
  • Lines in the Sand: The Struggle over Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Inclusion in the United Methodist Church.
    Udis-Kessler, Amanda (2002)
    Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Boston College.

    Associated Search Terms: United Methodist; Homosexuality
  • Movements of Reform and Movement of Resistance: Homosexuality and the United Methodist Church. A Case Study.
    Oliveto, Karen (2002)
    Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Drew University.

    Associated Search Terms: United Methodist; Social movement; Homosexuality
  • Reviving the Mainline: An Overview of Clergy Support for Evangelical Renewal Movements.
    McKinney, Jennifer, and Roger Finke (2002)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 41:4: 771-783.

    Analyzes 1999 survey data from United Methodist clergy for evidence on the Evangelical renewal movement within the denomination.

    Associated Search Terms: Evangelical renewal movement, U.S.A.; Clergy; United Methodist, U.S.A.
  • The Relative Influence of Youth and Adult Experiences on Personal Spirituality and Church Involvement.
    O'Connor, Thomas P., Dean R. Hoge, and Estrelda Alexander (2002)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 41:4: 723-732.

    Panel survey at age 38 of Baptists, Catholics, & Methodists who had been studied at age 16 in 1976. Identifies adolescent factors that predicted adult religious involvement.

    Associated Search Terms: Baptist, U.S.A.; United Methodist, U.S.A.; Life cycle; Adolescents; Panel study; Catholic, U.S.A.
  • Introduction.
    Wuthnow, Robert, and John H. Evans (2002)
    In Robert Wuthnow and John H. Evans (ed.), The Quiet Hand of God. Faith-Based Activism and the Public Role of Mainline Protestantism. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 1-24.

    Overview of American mainline Protestantism.

    Associated Search Terms: Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; United Church of Christ; American Baptist; Episcopal; Membership; Belief; United Methodist, U.S.A.; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Vital Conflicts. The Mainline Denominations Debate Homosexuality.
    Cadge, Wendy (2002)
    In Robert Wuthnow and John H. Evans (ed.), The Quiet Hand of God. Faith-Based Activism and the Public Role of Mainline Protestantism. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 265-286.

    Follows debates about homosexuality in 6 American Protestant churches.

    Associated Search Terms: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Protestant, U.S.A.; American Baptist; United Methodist; Homosexuality; United Church of Christ; Episcopal; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.
  • The New Holy Clubs: Testing Church-to-Sect Propositions.
    Finke, Roger, and Rodney Stark (2001)
    Sociology of Religion 62:2: 175-189.

    Focuses on the contemporary conservative movement within the United Methodist Church.

    Associated Search Terms: Sect; United Methodist; Conservative, U.S.A.
  • The Effects of Switching on Denominational Subcultures.
    Gay, David A., John P. Lynxwiler, and Charles W. Peek (2001)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 40:3: 515-525.

    Analyzes 1990-98 General Social Survey (U.S.A.) data; people who switched denominations held attitudes similar to those already in the denominations. Baptists show the least heterogeneity in moral attitudes, Catholics the most.

    Associated Search Terms: United States; Moral; Attitude; Episcopal; Methodist, U.S.A.; Lutheran, U.S.A.; Catholic, U.S.A.; Denomination (organizational entity); Baptist, U.S.A.; Conversion
  • Where the Spirit Leads: The Evolving Views of United Methodists on Homosexuality.
    Wood, James R. (2000)
    Nashville, Tennessee: Abington.

    Associated Search Terms: Homosexuality; United Methodist, U.S.A.
  • Power and Paradox in an African American Congregation.
    Toth, John F., Jr. (1999)
    Review of Religious Research 40:3: 213-229.

    Based on 1993 participant observation & interviews; power was often a result of the larger church polity rather than the desires of local holders of power.

    Associated Search Terms: United Methodist; Parish; African Americans; United States, Mississippi; Rural; Power
  • Theology and the Position of Pastors on Social Issues: Continuity and Change Since the 1960s.
    Johnson, Benton (1998)
    Review of Religious Research 39:4: 293-308.

    Analyzes 1987 questionnaire data from Protestant clergy in Oregon; divergences were greater than in 1962, but conflict less common.

    Associated Search Terms: Clergy; Conservative Baptist; Southern Baptist; American Baptist; United Methodist; United States, Oregon; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; Politics, U.S.A.; United Church of Christ
  • The Effects of Geographical Variability on Protestant Church Membership Trends, 1980-1990.
    Stump, Roger W. (1998)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 37:4: 636-651.

    Associated Search Terms: Southern Baptist; Episcopal; United Church of Christ; United Methodist; Membership; Conservative/liberal; Assemblies of God, U.S.A.; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; Ecology; Seventh-day Adventist, U.S.A.; Nazarene
  • Clergywomen of the Pioneer Generation: A Longitudinal Study.
    Charlton, Joy (1997)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 36:4: 599-613.

    Panel interview data from 30 female 1970s graduates of a United Methodist & a Lutheran seminary.

    Associated Search Terms: Women; Lutheran Church in America; United Methodist; Clergy
  • He Made a Way Out of No Way: Religious Experience in an African-American Congregation.
    Nelson, Timothy J. (1997)
    Review of Religious Research 39:1: 5-26.

    Based on 1991-92 field work in Charleston, South Carolina.

    Associated Search Terms: Experience; Participant observation; African Methodist Episcopal Church; African Americans; Parish; Class; United States, South Carolina, Charleston
  • The Church and the Street. Race, Class, and Congregation.
    Nelson, Timothy J. (1997)
    In Penny Edgell Becker and Nancy L. Eiesland (eds.) Contemporary American Religion. An Ethnographic Reader. Walnut Creek, California: Alta Mira, pp. 169-190.

    1991-92 participant observation study of a congregation in a low income section of Charleston.

    Associated Search Terms: Parish; Stratification; African Methodist Episcopal Church; Participant observation; United States, South Carolina, Charleston; African Americans
  • Sacrifice of Praise: Emotion and Collective Participation in an African-American Worship Service.
    Nelson, Timothy J. (1996)
    Sociology of Religion 57:4: 379-396.

    Based on 1991-92 ethnographic data from an A.M.E. church in Charleston, South Carolina; explores "feeling rules" in emotional worship.

    Associated Search Terms: Ritual; Definition of the situation; Experience; United States, South Carolina, Charleston; African Methodist Episcopal Church; Parish; African Americans; Emotion; Participant observation
  • In Search of Denominational Subcultures: Religious Affiliation and 'Pro-Family' Issues Revisited.
    Gay, David A., Christopher G. Ellison, and Daniel A. Powers (1996)
    Review of Religious Research 38;1: 3-17.

    Analyzes 1982-91 General Social Survey (U.S.A..) data; finds distinctive denominational subcultures.

    Associated Search Terms: Baptist, U.S.A.; Atheist; Lutheran, U.S.A.; Sexuality; United States; Methodist, U.S.A.; Subculture; Conservative, U.S.A.; Southern Baptist; Gender role; Jewish, U.S.A.; Denomination (organizational entity); Abortion; Episcopal
  • The Role of Church Assemblies in Building a Civil Society: The Case of the United Methodist General Conference's Debate on Homosexuality.
    Wood, James R., and Jon P. Block (1995)
    Sociology of Religion 56:2: 121-136.

    Examines the 1992 General Conference as a "private legislature" that helped model civility in discourse on a controversial issue.

    Associated Search Terms: Civility; Homosexuality; United Methodist; Councils
  • Personal Autonomy in Religion and Marriage: Is There a Link?
    Wilson, John, and Mark Musick (1995)
    Review of Religious Research 37:1: 3-18.

    Analyzes 1987-88 interview data from married adult Americans; religious affiliates saw marriage as a lifetime commitment. Pentecostal, Baptist, & Christian/Disciples wives saw autonomy within marriage as less important.

    Associated Search Terms: Mormon, U.S.A.; Marriage; Pentecostal, U.S.A.; United Church of Christ; Family; Lutheran, U.S.A.; Baptist, U.S.A.; Methodist, U.S.A.; Individualism; United States; Episcopal; Jewish, U.S.A.; Presbyterian, U.S.A.; Catholic, U.S.A.; Autonomy; Practice
  • Correlates of Religious Giving in Six Protestant Denominations.
    Donahue, Michael J. (1994)
    Review of Religious Research 36:2: 149-157.

    Analyzes 1988-89 interview data from American Protestants.

    Associated Search Terms: Disciples of Christ; Southern Baptist; Contributions; United Church of Christ; United Methodist; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Church Growth through Member Identification and Commitment: A Congregational Case Study.
    Wilson, Gerald L., Joann Keyton, G. David Johnson, Cheryl Geiger, and Johanna C. Clark (1993)
    Review of Religious Research 34:3: 259-272.

    Based on interviews in a growing congregation in a middle sized city in the U.S. South; the strength of the church lay in smaller groups within it that allow for the expression of voluntarism.

    Associated Search Terms: Parish; Organization; Commitment; United Methodist; Voluntarism
  • Strategies for Evangelism and Growth in Three Denominations (1965-1990).
    Greer, Bruce A. (1993)
    In David A. Roozen and C. Kirk Hadaway 9eds.), Church & Denominational Growth. Nashville; Abingdon, pp. 87-111.

    Associated Search Terms: Membership; United Methodist; American Baptist; United Church of Christ
  • Congregational Growth and Decline in Indiana among Five Mainline Denominations.
    Olson, Daniel V.A. (1993)
    In David A. Roozen and C. Kirk Hadaway (eds.) Church & Denominational Growth. Nashville; Abingdon, pp. 208-224.

    Based on 1980-88 data.

    Associated Search Terms: United States, Indiana; Episcopal; United Methodist; United Church of Christ; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; Lutheran, Missouri Synod
  • Prevalence and Correlates of New Age Beliefs in Six Protestant Denominations.
    Donahue, Michael J. (1993)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 32:2: 177-184.

    Analyzes survey data from 6 large American Protestant denominations; finds little support for astrology or necromancy, but some for more general "new age" attitudes.

    Associated Search Terms: United Methodist; Belief; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Necromancy; New age; United Church of Christ; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; Disciples of Christ; Southern Baptist; Astrology
  • Denominations as Dual Structures: An Organizational Analysis.
    Chaves, Mark (1993)
    Sociology of Religion 54:2: 147-169. [Also in Nicholas J. Demerath III, Peter Dobkin Hall, Terry Schmitt, and Rhys H. Williams (eds.), Sacred Companies (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998), pp. 175-194.

    Sees American denominations as dual entities of religious authority & agency structures; cites cases & draws implications for internal conflict & schism, & for internal secularization.

    Associated Search Terms: African Methodist Episcopal Church; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; Assemblies of God; United Methodist; Episcopal; Catholic, U.S.A.; Organization; Conflict; American Lutheran Church; Denomination (type); Schism; Secularization
  • The Transformation of Clergy Markets in the Methodist Church: The Oklahoma Annual Conference from 1940 to 1980.
    Cooke, M.L. (1992)
    Sociological Spectrum 12: 44-56.

    Associated Search Terms: Clergy; Change; United States, Oklahoma; United Methodist
  • Mormonism: Catholic, Protestant, Different?
    Johnson, Martin, and Phil Mullins (1992)
    Review of Religious Research 34:1: 51-62.

    Factor analysis of questionnaire data on beliefs & values from Mormons & members of 5 Christian denominations; focuses on similarities & differences between Mormons & others.

    Associated Search Terms: Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; United Methodist; Disciples of Christ; Southern Baptist; Mormon, U.S.A.; Catholic, U.S.A.; Belief; Factor analysis
  • The Influence of Religion on Attitudes toward Nonmarital Sexuality: a Preliminary Assessment of Reference Group Theory.
    Cochran, John K., and Leonard Beeghley (1991)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 30:1: 45-62.

    Analyzes 1972-89 General Social Survey (U.S.A.) data.

    Associated Search Terms: Methodist, U.S.A.; Sexual attitudes; Reference group; United States; Jewish, U.S.A.; Catholic, U.S.A.; Episcopal; Lutheran, U.S.A.; Baptist, U.S.A.; Presbyterian, U.S.A.
  • Paradox in Popular Religion: The Limits of Instrumental Faith.
    Althauser, Robert P. (1990)
    Social Forces 69: 585-602.

    Analyzes questionnaire & interview data from United Methodists in a southern U.S. city; shows those oriented to psychological or social benefits of religion do not obtain them, & those ultimately motivated by religion do obtain them.

    Associated Search Terms: Intrinsic/extrinsic; United Methodist; Motive
  • Institutional Religion and Gay/Lesbian Oppression.
    Clark, J. Michael, Joanne Carlson Brown, and Lorna M. Hochstein (1989)
    Marriage and Family Review 14:3/4: 265-284.

    Institutional religion poses dilemmas for homosexuals, as recent history in the United Methodist & Catholic churches demonstrates.

    Associated Search Terms: Homosexuality; Catholic; United Methodist
  • How the Upstart Sects Won America: 1776-1850.
    Finke, Roger, and Rodney Stark (1989)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 28;1: 27-44.

    Associated Search Terms: Presbyterian, U.S.A.; Baptist, U.S.A.; Historical; Membership; United States; Episcopal; Methodist, U.S.A.; Congregational, U.S.A.; Catholic, U.S.A.
  • American Religion in the Post-aquarian Age: Values and Demographic Factors in Church Growth and Decline.
    Perrin, Robin D. (1989)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 28:1: 75-89.

    Presents mean member ages & number of children born to members of 14 denominations, from 1972-85 General Social Survey (U.S.A.) data.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, U.S.A.; Church of God; Lutheran, U.S.A.; Assemblies of God, U.S.A.; Jehovah´s Witness, U.S.A.; Baptist, U.S.A.; Family; Age; Membership; United States; Mormon, U.S.A.; Methodist, U.S.A.; Episcopal; Disciples of Christ
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