The Capacities and Challenges of Faith-Based Human Service Organizations

Source: Richard M. Clerkin and Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, Public Administration Review, January/February 2007
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The Charitable Choice provision of the 1996 welfare reform act under the Clinton administration and the Bush administration’s establishment of the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives in the White House have expanded the participation of overtly religious service organizations in the implementation of social policy. What has been the impact of these moves on human service-oriented religious congregations? Most of them seem unwilling to forego their sacred mission for the sake of receiving public funding, and for a few participating congregations, a measure of secularization may have crept into their service programs.

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