Trusting the Spirit by Richard Cimino
Renewal and Reform in American Religion

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Can renewal and reform groups rekindle spiritual vitality and fervor in today's religious institutions?

The call to revive one's faith fills more pages of the Christian and Jewish scriptures than any other theme. Today, reform and renewal organizations and movements play a key role in most denominations, whether conservative, moderate, or liberal.

In this fascinating book, Richard Cimino provides you with an in-depth look at six vibrant reform and renewal movements that are revitalizing traditional faith communities from the inside out. Cimino walks you through how all the components of renewal and reform--the organization, the larger denomination, the congregation, and the individual members--interact at both local and national levels, and answers the question of how effective these organizations and movements are within their traditions. Filled with interviews and case studies, Trusting the Spiriy concludes by outlining strategies for renewal and reform that can be put into practice in a wide range of religious contexts.

About Richard Cimino

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RICHARD CIMINO, coauthor of the groundbreaking Shopping for Faith, is publisher of the much-quoted newsletter Religion Watch (, which monitors trends and research in contemporary religion. He has also worked extensively as a researcher and freelance writer for various periodicals, including American Demographics and Christian Century. He lives on Long Island, New York.
Published January 30, 2001 by Jossey-Bass. 240 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference.

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In this insightful ethnography, religion journalist Cimino (Shopping for Faith) explores some of the Christian and Jewish organizations that have sprung up to replace traditional religion—particularly Taizé, the Havurah movement, Biblical Witness Fellowship and charismatic groups such as Life in ...

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