Enhance Social Involvement

Religions can evolve within a context of rapid societal change by expanding social involvement. In a period of vast income inequality, various religions have indeed increased their extra-religious social involvement. In inner cities, many churches have associated “food pantries”, providing food to those who would otherwise go without. Some denominations sponsor homeless shelters, while others sponsor addiction services. None of this is particularly new in that many religions have always had a social service mission. Religions generally are highly diverse and as such serve a wide variety of non-religious needs. In my past life I served as a scoutmaster for a newly formed group of youth. We regularly met in the basement of a local church. The troop was not a religious organization, but nevertheless the church made its facilities available to us.   None of this is a particularly new social phenomenon, yet not all religions provide such social services.

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