"Each issue of 'The Churches Speak' begins with an introductory essay which provides an overview of the topic itself and traces its recent historical manifestations. This essay also summarize, compares, and contrasts the opinions found in the individual statements, allowing the user to place each one in the appropriate context. Each essay concludes with bibliographic citations to sources for further reading on the topic. The statements presented in each monograph are arranged into four main sections based on broad religious families or traditions: The Roman Catholic Church (which represents the single largest religious body in the United States); Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches; Jewish Groups; and Other Religious Bodies. Within the Roman Catholic Church section, statements are arranged chronologically by issuing date. The remaining sections are subarranged alphabetically by individual churches, religious bodies, or ecumenical organizations; the statements issued by each organization are presented chronologically within that organization. Each of the four religious family sections is preceded by a note which provides background information of the family and analysis of its perspective on the issue in question." -- Preface.
Contents: Preface / J. Gordon Melton -- Introductory Essay: The Contemporary Debate in the Churches on the AIDS Crisis -- Statements -- Index to Organizations, Statements, and Subjects.
Statements sub-divided into sections: Roman Catholic Church -- Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches -- Jewish Groups -- Other Religious Bodies.
OTCH Note: Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches section contains four Canadian and/or Anglican statements as follows: A Bi-National (Canada/United States) Consultation Statement on AIDS (1987) -- AIDS: Some Guidelines for Pastoral Care (1986) / Church of England -- Resolution on AIDS (1988), Report of the Commission on Human Affairs and Health (1988) / Episcopal Church -- Statement on AIDS (1986), Statement on AIDS (1987), AIDS in Canada (1988) / United Church of Canada.
"'The Churches Speak' is a quarterly series of monographs which systematically brings together the major official pronouncements of North American religious bodies and ecumenical organizations on the issues dominating today's headlines. Each monograph is devoted to a single topic and provides an overview of the topic itself, its historical background, and the full range of opinions found in the individual church statements". -- Preface, p. ix.
Contents: Preface / J. Gordon Melton -- Introductory Essay: A Survey of the Pornography Issue / Gary L. Ward -- Statements -- Roman Catholic Church -- Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches -- Jewish Groups -- Other Religious Bodies -- Index to Organizations, Statements, and Subjects.
Contents of Roman Catholic Church section: Introductory Note -- Resolution on Indecent Literature (1932) / U.S. Catholic Conference -- A Statement on Censorship / U.S. Catholic Conference -- Excerpt from '"Humanae Vitae" (1968) / Pope Paul VI -- Distinctions: Sexuality, Obscenity and Pornography (1972) / Bishop Ernest Primeau -- Pornography:Saturation Impact (1972) / Bishops of California -- Statement on the Introduction of the Family Viewing Period During Prime Time by the Television Networks (1975) / U.S. Catholic Conference -- Statement on Pornography (1984) / Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops -- Report of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (1985) / Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
Contents of Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches section include statements from: American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. -- American Family Association -- Baptist General Conference -- Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) -- Christian Reformed Church in North America -- Church of God in Christ, Mennonite -- Church of the Brethren -- Church of the Nazarene -- Episcopal Church -- Evangelical Congregational Church -- Evangelical Free Church of America -- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America -- Free Methodist Church -- Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America -- Independent Fundamental Churches of America -- Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod -- National Association of Evangelicals -- National Association of Free Will Baptists -- National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. -- Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) -- Reformed Church in America -- Salvation Army -- Seventh-day Adventist Church -- Southern Baptist Convention -- United Church of Canada -- United Church of Christ -- United Methodist Church -- Wesleyan Church.
Contents of Jewish Groups section: Introductory Note -- Church and the Family (1983) / Nationadl Federation of Temple Sisterhoods -- Censorship of Books (1981) / Union of American Hebrew Congregations.
Contents of Other Religious Bodies section: Introductory Note -- Islam and the Position of Women / Shi'a Islam -- Towards Understanding Islam (1963) / Sunni Islam -- Censorship and Obscenity Laws (1974) / Unitarian Universalist Association.
Contents: Preface / J. Gordon Melton -- Introductory Essay: A Survey of the Women's Ordination Issue / Gary L. Ward -- Statements: Roman Catholic Church -- Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches -- Jewish Groups -- Other Religious Bodies -- Index to Organizations, Statements, and Subjects.
Contents of Roman Catholic Church section: Introductory Note -- Declaration on the Question of the Admission of women to the Ministerial Priesthood (1976) / Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith -- On the Dignity and Vocation of Women (Mulieris Dignitatem) (1988) / Pope John Paul II.
Contents of Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches section: Introductory Note -- Episcopal Church -- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America -- Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod -- Lutheran Council in the U.S.A. -- Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) -- Reformed Church in America -- Southern Baptist Convention -- United Church of Canada -- World Council of Churches.
Contents of Jewish Groups section: Introductory Note -- Central Conference of American Rabbis -- Rabbinical Assembly.
Contents of Other Religious Bodies section: Introductory Note -- Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Contents of Episcopal Church sub-section: Progress Report to the House of Bishops from the Committee to Study the Proper Place of Women in the Ministry of the Church (1966) -- Resolution on Lambeth Conference Recommendations (1969) -- Resolutions on Women's Ordination (1970) -- Report of Special Committee of the House of Bishops, on the Ordination of Women (1972) -- Statement on Behalf of the Ordination of Women (1973) -- Resolution on the Philadelphia Actions (1974) -- Resolution on Women's Ordination (1976) -- Women Priests and the Episcopal Church in the USA (1985).
Contents of United Church of Canada sub-section: Report and Recommendations of the Committee on the Ordination of Women (1928) -- Vote Results on the Ordination of Women (1935).
"J. Gordon Melton. Amy Lucas, Editor. Debra M. Kirby, Contributing Editor. Peg Bessette, Associate Editor".
"The third edition of the 'Directory of Religious Organizations in the United States' (DRO) describes some 2,500 Christian and non-Christian organizations engaged in activities for religious purposes." -- Intro.
"Descriptive Listings. DRO's 2,500 entries are arranged alphabetically by organization name. Organization names that include the name of an individual are sorted alphabetically by the individual's last name. For example, 'Bob Jones University Press' is filed under 'J' not 'B'." -- User's Guide.
Contents: Highlight -- Preface: America's Invisible Religion dated August 1992 / J. Gordon Melton -- Introduction -- User's Guide -- Key to Abbreviations -- Descriptive Listings -- Personnel Index -- Function Index -- Religious Affiliation Index -- Master Name and Keyword Index.
Religious Affiliation Index includes category "Anglican".
"This impressive volume is both comprehensive and reliable. Three introductory essays probe the impact of religion, Martin Luther King and womanist theology on the African American community. The volume captures the diversity of experience and of religious traditions which touched African Americans; and of how other Americans came to understand and accept their importance" (p. 93). "[T]here is a rather useful chronology of African American religion ... At the end of the volume, the 'basic bibliography' is quite illuminating" (p. 93). "The heart of the book is the alphabetical entries on individuals, institutions and organizations that contributed to African American religion. The entries are written by well-informed scholars and are accompanied with very helpful bibliographies. The twentieth-century looms large in the selection, but the choices seem very representative and complete. This book is highly recommended for every library's reference section" (p. 94).
"A compilation of more than 400 creeds, confessions, statements of faith, and summaries of doctrines of religious and spiritual groups in the United States and Canada" -- t.-p.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction / J. Gordon Melton -- Ancient Creeds of the Christian Church -- Western Liturgical Family -- Eastern Liturgical Family -- Lutheran Family -- Reformed-Presbyterian Family -- Pietist-Methodist Family -- Holiness Family -- Pentecostal Family -- European Free-Church Family -- Baptist Family -- Independent Fundamentalist Family -- Adventist Family -- Liberal Family -- Latter-Day Saints Family -- Communal Family -- Christian Science-Metaphysical Family -- Spiritualist, Psychic, and New Age Family -- Ancient Wisdom Family -- Magick Family -- Middle Eastern Family -- Eastern Family -- Unclassified Christian Churches -- Unclassified Religious Groups -- Creed/Organization Name and Keyword Index.
Chapter 2: Western Liturgical Family includes section "Anglicanism" with contents: Our Theological Context / Anglican Church of Canada/Wycliffe College -- A Communion of Communions (Chicago Quadrilateral) / Episcopal Church -- Lambeth Conference (1888), Resolution 343 (Lambeth Quadrilateral) / Episcopal Church -- Lambeth Conference (1968), Resolution 43 / Episcopal Church.
"J. Gordon Melton. James Beverley, Associate Editor. Constance Jones, Assistant Editor. Pamela S. Nadell, Assistant Editor."
"Foreword by Rodney Stark".
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents include prefatory essays followed by 26 main sections/ religious families and further sub-divided into individual churches/sects.
Contents: Foreword / Rodney Stark -- Preface dated January 2009 / J. Gordon Melton -- Introduction to the Eighth Edition -- Selections from the Introduction to the First Edition / J. Gordon Melton -- User's Guide -- Key to Abbreviations -- The Development of American Religion: An Interpretive View -- Religion in Canada: A Historical Survey, 1500 to the Present -- American Religion in the Twenty-first Century -- 1. Interfaith and Ecumenical Family of Organizations -- 2. Western Liturgical Family -- 3. Anglicanism -- 4. Eastern Liturgical Family -- 5. Lutheran Family -- 6. Reformed-Presbyterian Family -- 7. Pietist-Methodist Family -- 8. Holiness Family -- 9. Pentecostal Family -- 10. European Free-Church Family --11. Baptist Family -- 12. Independent Fundamentalist Family -- 13. Adventist Family -- 14. Liberal Family -- 15. Latter-day Saints Family -- 16. Communal Family -- 17. Western Esoteric Family I: Ancient Wisdom -- 18. Western Esoteric Family II: Spiritualism and New Age -- 19. Western Esoteric Family III: Magick -- 20. Western Esoteric Family IV: Christian Science/Metaphysical -- 21. Middle Eastern Family, Part I: Judaism -- 22. Middle Eastern Family, Part II: Islam, Zoroastrianism, and Baha'i -- 23. Eastern Family, Part I: Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism -- 24. Eastern Family, Part II: Buddhism, Shinto, Japanese New Religions -- 25. Unclassified Christian Churches -- 26. Unclassified Religious Groups -- Defunct Appendix -- Geographic Appendix -- Index.
OTCH Note: 8th ed. (2009) (like the 7th ed. (2003)and 6th edition of 1998) includes a section on "Anglicanism" but does NOT include an entry for the Anglican Church of Canada although it lists the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada and Episcopal Church.
"[By] J. Gordon Melton, Jerome Clark and Aidan A. Kelly".
"A guide to the beliefs, concepts, terms, people, and organizations that make up the new global movement toward spiritual development, health and healing, higher consciousness, and related subjects"--t.-p.
"The 'New Age Encyclopedia' moves away from the polemical stances taken by Evangelical Christians, skeptics, and others to provide a balanced, objective, and comprehensive overview of the New Age Movement as well as information about its many ideological and structural components and major leaders. The authors have endeavored to provide a clear, factual description of the New Age world -- its people, organizations, and opinions concerning the movement's viability or its ultimate religious or philosophical value. The Encyclopedia also brings together the diverse elements of the movement for the first time, providing readers with a convenient and authoritative source for information on the New Age. .... The 'New Age Encyclopedia' contains more than 300 descriptive listings arranged in a single alphabetic sequence". -- Intro., p. vii -viii.
Contents: Introduction / J. Gordon Melton -- Introductory Essay: An Overview of the New Age Movement -- Chronology of the New Age Movement -- Descriptive Listings -- Educational Institutions Appendix -- Alphabetical and Keyword Index.