Religion in Ohio tells the story of Ohio’s religious and spiritual heritage going back to the state’s ancient and historic native populations, and including the westward migration of settlers to this region, the development of a wide variety of faith traditions in the years preceding the mid-twentieth century, and the arrival of newer immigrants in the last fifty years, each group bringing with it cherished traditions.
Documenting religious pluralism in Ohio and the impact faith communities have had on the state, Religion in Ohio encompasses the historical experiences of many groups. Each chapter is the story of one of those communities written by a member of that faith or denomination.
Operating under the auspices of the Ohio Bicentennial Commission and the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, the editors of Religion in Ohio have created a unique collection of the experiences of faith groups during the two hundred years of Ohio’s statehood and the years leading up to it. The largely untold stories of religious experience in Ohio are gathered here in one volume so they may be appreciated in all their breadth and diversity.
The Religious Experience Advisory Council of the Ohio Bicentennial Commission is one among twenty-two advisory councils established by the commission to commemorate Ohio’s bicentennial celebration. The council consists of more than twenty volunteers representing various faith traditions that have chosen Ohio to be their home.
Tarunjit Singh Butalia and Dianne P. Small present the profiles of faith communities in a highly readable and accessible format. Religion in Ohio will be a lasting legacy of the Ohio Bicentennial and a valuable tool for understanding and appreciating the breadth of the religious pluralism in the state for years to come.
Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia is a research scientist at the Ohio State University. He is a member of the Ohio Bicentennial Religious Experience Advisory Council, the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, the North American Interfaith Network, and Religions for Peace-USA. More info →
Dianne P. Small is an executive assistant at the Ohio State University Medical Center. She has a degree in history from the Ohio State University and is a member of the Ohio Bicentennial Religious Experience Advisory Council and the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio. More info →
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Powerful currents of religious revival and political and social reform swept nineteenth-century America. Many people expressed their radical religious and social ideals by creating or joining self-contained utopian communities. These utopianists challenged the existing social and economic order with alternative notions about religion, marriage, family, sexuality, property ownership, and wage labor.Between 1787 and 1919, approximately 270 utopian communities existed in the United States.
Key to the successful teaching and learning of history is its personalization. In presenting documents that help Ohio’s rich history come alive in the minds of its readers, this book has purposely sought to provide eyewitness, first-person narratives that will make the reader want to turn the page and keep on reading.
Developed by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission’s Advisory Council on Women, this collection profiles a few of the many women who have left their imprint on the state, nation, world, and even outer space.
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