In this groundbreaking work, Paul A. Djupe and Christopher Gilbert analyze national data from a survey of over 2,400 Episcopal and Evangelical Lutheran Church of America clergy, looking deeper into their motivations for political action. Using these data, the authors argue that clergy roles in politics and civic life result from the intersection of their personal beliefs and interests, the specific needs of their congregation and community, and ongoing influences from their denomination.
Paul A. Djupe is assistant professor of political science at Denison University. Christopher P. Gilbert is professor of political science at Gustavus Adolphus College.
Chapter 1 List of Tables and Figures Chapter 2 Clergy, Churches, and Communities Chapter 3 An Overview of ELCA and Episcopal Clergy Chapter 4 Congregational Resources for Clergy Political Action Chapter 5 Communities of Concern: The Context of Clergy Political Activity Chapter 6 The Political Voice of Clergy Chapter 7 Leaders of the Flock or Lone Rangers? Clergy in Electoral Politics Chapter 8 The Local Political Participation of ELCA and Episcopal Clergy Chapter 9 Sending a Message to Government: Clergy Conventional and Unconventional Contacting Chapter 10 Denominational Politics: Clergy Opinions and Actions Regarding Full Communion Chapter 11 Conclusion: The Evolution of Clergy Political Activity Chapter 12 Coding of Variables Used Chapter 13 Methodological Notes Chapter 14 References