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Symbiotic Community

E. W. Mueller's Approach to the Rural Social Crisis

Symbiotic Community

E. W. Mueller's Approach to the Rural Social Crisis

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Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761804406
Number of Pages: 182
Published: 15/10/1996
Width: 13.9 cm
Height: 21.2 cm
E. W. Mueller (1908-1993) led a distinctive response to the dramatic rural social change of twentieth-century America. After twenty-four years as Secretary of the Department of Town and Country in the National Lutheran Council and its successor, the Lutheran Council in the U.S.A., Mueller initiated the Center for Community Organization and Area Development in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota region. Proposing a symbiotic community in which the interdependence of city and country would be maintained, Mueller sought to encourage responsible fulfillment of vocations, by both individuals and institutions, to enhance the quality of life. The social policy engagement which Mueller led was informed by traditional Lutheran theology. Mueller's work belongs, historically, with the minority presence in Lutheranism which has affirmed involvement with the world. In his generation, Mueller provided leadership to his ecumenical partners, both Protestant and Catholic, in the face of their shared social plight. Meanwhile, he built bridges between the experts of the agricultural establishment and the church. With his tentacular style, Mueller was an interesting example of churchman creatively engaged with his social milieu.

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A landmark contribution... -- Beryl B. Maurer, West Virginia University Michael G. Long Waldkoenig's is an important contribution to the sociological literature on the rural church...Waldkoenig's carefully documented work provides a model of constructive church and community interaction from an earlier era in which both scholars and practitioners found ways to concurrently address the concerns of churches in rural places. Symbiotic Community reminds us of the contemporary need for prophetic voices like Mueller's to bridge the gaps between town and country as well as between academics and practitioners. Waldkoenig is to be congratulated for filling a niche between the sociology of religion and rural sociology. May others follow his lead. -- Conrad L. Kanagy, Elizabethtown College Michael G. Long ...fresh and suggestive... -- Frederick K. Wentz, Lutheran Theological Seminary Michael G. Long Mueller's work moves us in directions we would not expect from a Lutheran theologian. Not only does he set personal maturity as a commendable goal, but he believes that local congregations have a significant role to play in transforming rural society...Mueller's vision is worthy of attention... Michael G. Long Mueller's work moves us in directions we would not expect from a Lutheran theologian. Not only does he set personal maturity as a commendable goal, but he believes that local congregations have a significant role to play in transforming rural society...Mueller's vision is worthy of attention... Michael G. Long A landmark contribution... -- Beryl B. Maurer, West Virginia University Michael G. Long Waldkoenig's is an important contribution to the sociological literature on the rural church...Waldkoenig's carefully documented work provides a model of constructive church and community interaction from an earlier era in which both scholars and practitioners found ways to concurrently address the concerns of churches in rural places. Symbiotic Community reminds us of the contemporary need for prophetic voices like Mueller's to bridge the gaps between town and country as well as between academics and practitioners. Waldkoenig is to be congratulated for filling a niche between the sociology of religion and rural sociology. May others follow his lead. -- Conrad L. Kanagy, Elizabethtown College Michael G. Long ...fresh and suggestive... -- Frederick K. Wentz, Lutheran Theological Seminary Michael G. Long

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