Worship across the Racial Divide: Notions of Race and the Practice of Religious Music in Multiracial Churches (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church (Indiana University Press 2005/2009) by Gerardo Marti
“… Engagingly and accessibly written… deserves wide readership among everyone interested in US religion, ethnicity, organizations and urban culture.” — Choice
“…fascinating…offers valuable insights…This book will be of great interest to scholars of religion in America…” — Sociology of Religion Fall 2006
“…highly readable… easily used in an undergraduate course…engaging…useful for a graduate course…I look forward to reading Marti’s future work.” — Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
“…of methodological value to students of new religious movements…will help observers of other groups as well.” — Novo Religio, 10, 3 Feb. 2007
“Marti’s argument seems to be that such a complex project can succeed…” — Contemporary Sociology, 36, 1 Jan. 2007
“Anyone wishing to gain a deeper understanding of American evangelical diversity, of the emergent church movement, and of intriguing congregational efforts to bridge ethnic divides, will want to read this book.” –Christian Scholar’s Review
“Mosaic” in Southern California is one of the largest multiethnic congregations in America, and also one of the most innovative. This book takes us inside this unusual church.
A Mosaic of Believers shows how the church achieved multiethnicity, not by targeting ethnic groups, but by providing multiple havens of inclusion and commonality that render ethnic differences moot. These havens are arenas for multiethnic companionship, cooperation, and camaraderie that arise out of a union of creative volunteer resources and the ambitious global mission of the church.
A Mosaic of Believers reveals a congregation aiming to reconstruct evangelical theology, personal identity, member involvement, and church governance in an attempt to create an institution with greater relevance to the social reality of a new generation. Based on interviews and participation with the congregation and grounded in contemporary sociological theory, the book presents a rich portrait of an emerging religious community.
Full Reviews Available Online
CHOICE Reviews, January, 2006, by K.D. Lyon
Sociology of Religion, Fall, 2006, by Kathleen Garces-Foley
The Christian Century, July 26, 2006, by R. Stephen Warner
Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity and Ambition in a Los Angeles Church (Rutgers University Press 2008) by Gerardo Marti
“This cutting-edge analysis of where religion may be heading is theoretically sophisticated and yet highly readable.” – Donald E. Miller, Executive Director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California
In Christianity, as with most religions, attaining holiness and a higher spirituality while simultaneously pursuing worldly ideals such as fame and fortune is nearly impossible. So, how do people pursuing careers in Hollywood’s entertainment industry maintain their religious devotion without sacrificing their career goals? For some, the answer lies just two miles south of the historic center of Hollywood, California, at the Oasis Christian Center.
Hollywood Faith shows how a multiracial evangelical congregation of 2,000 people accommodates itself to the entertainment industry and draws in many striving to succeed in this harsh and irreverent business. Oasis strategically sanctifies ambition and negotiates social change by promoting a new religious identity as “champion of life” – an identity that provides people who face difficult career choices and failed opportunities a sense of empowerment and endurance.
The first book to provide an in-depth look at religion among the “creative class,” Hollywood Faith will fascinate those interested in the modern evangelical movement and anyone who wants to understand how religion adapts to social change.
Review of Hollywood Faith at H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Review here.
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