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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Jones, Diana L.
URN etd-12052008-143324
Title Organizing Through Congregations: Mediating and Moderating Roles of Spirituality
Degree PhD
Department Human & Organizational Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Paul R. Dokecki Committee Chair
C. Melissa Snarr Committee Member
Douglas D. Perkins Committee Member
J. Robert Newbrough Committee Member
Paul W. Speer Committee Member
  • community engagement
  • civic participation
  • spirituality
  • empowerment theory
  • ecological theory
  • faith based community organizing
  • civic engagement
  • Alinsky
  • community psychology
  • PICO
Date of Defense 2008-10-01
Availability unrestricted
This dissertation highlights the role of congregations in civic participation and illuminates the role of spirituality within the process of congregation based community organizing (CBCO). Empowerment (psychological, interpersonal, and behavioral), alienation, spirituality, and sense of community are found to vary by organizational affiliation (CBCO, non CBCO church, neighborhood, school, and non-affiliation). In particular, CBCO participants evidence higher levels of psychological and interpersonal empowerment and civic participation compared to those affiliated through other organizational contexts. CBCO participants are no stronger in spirituality than non CBCO church goers, but are significantly more likely to channel their spirituality into action through the civic sphere. Importantly, the directly negative effects of a heightened cognitive understanding of power on civic participation are shown to reverse (become positive) when mediating effects of spirituality and sense of community are considered.

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