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Civic Engagement

Douglas Jacobsen and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen

in No Longer Invisible

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199844739
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950331 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844739.003.0008
Civic Engagement

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What values and practices—religious or secular—shape civic engagement? Most colleges and universities aim for their students to become involved citizens, but this process becomes a fraught enterprise when differing values and moral visions of the world clash. Some proponents of civic engagement are activists, seeking to change the world through political means, while others are community servants, devoted to helping those in need and to maintaining the community organizations that benefit everyone. Religion is a significant, but frequently invisible, motivational factor in both forms of engagement. Religion also plays a role in determining the focus for civic engagement, forcing decisions about whether the preeminent loyalty is to friends and the local community, to the nation, to humanity as a whole, or to all living things.

Keywords: Activist; civil religion; Robert Bellah; Interfaith Youth Core; IFYC; community service; common good; loyalties; ecozoic

Chapter.  7541 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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