UA Sociologist Examines Role of Religious Congregations in Social Services

Lori Harwood
Jan. 6, 2003

Mark Chaves, professor and head of the sociology department at the University of Arizona, is the featured speaker for the Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Lecture Series. Chaves' presentation is "Congregations and Social Services: Myth and Reality."

The lecture is on Wednesday, Jan. 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Tucson Room at the Arizona Inn. The cost is $22, which includes lunch. To request a registration form or for more information, please call 626-3454.

Chaves has a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate in sociology from Harvard University. He is the author of "Ordaining Women: Culture and Conflict Religious Organizations" (Harvard University Press, 1997) and many articles about religion in the United States. This lecture will draw on his research into social service activities performed by religious congregations, focusing especially on questions raised by recent debates about expanding the role of religious organizations in our social welfare system.


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