Heidi Unruh

Heidi Unruh is a researcher and consultant equipping churches and nonprofits to develop more effective community service, and a fellow with Baylor University Center for Family and Community Ministries. Unruh’s books include Saving Souls, Serving Society: Understanding the Faith Factor in Church‑Based Social Ministry (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Churches That Make a Difference (Baker, 2002).

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

A complex story

The American religious landscape is being altered by what Mark Noll calls “a more pluralistic evangelicalism than has ever existed before.”

In the movement Marcia Pally describes, evangelicalism is no longer synonymous with white evangelicals. Conservative black churches have long held a pro-life, pro-marriage ethic in balance with energetic social activism. Immigrant churches, the fastest-growing segment of Christianity, tend to be conservative theologically while progressive on issues like poverty and immigration. The increasingly influential Hispanic community naturally aligns with this movement. As Samuel Rodriguez puts it: “Where Billy Graham meets Dr. King, that’s where you will see the Hispanic Christian community emerge.”

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