Black churches and faith-based initiatives : are there holes in the wall of separation of church and state?
Steckman, Nicole Denise.
Thesis (M.A.L.S.)--Georgetown University, 2009.; Includes bibliographical references. Using the provision of charitable choice included in Section 104 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996 as his foundation, President Bush made it a priority to expand its role and therefore that of the faith-based community in the delivery of social services. This faith-based element rests on President Bush's domestic policy agenda of "compassionate conservatism."; Many have argued that the African American church is in a position to capitalize on the public funding provided to meet the needs within their community. Through a descriptive analysis looking specifically at three faith-based collaborations in the city of Philadelphia, this thesis examines the role of the religious organization in working with government in the delivery of services and examines if one emerges as "controlling" the other.
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