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US: Religious Records-Part 2
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In this course we discuss American religions which had a start in the United States primarily after 1800, including such groups as the Orthodox, Eastern-rite Catholics, Mormons, Jews, Muslims, groups of the Restoration Movement, and others. The course will explore types of religious records available, how to use them, and where they can be accessed. History of the religious groups as it is relevant to their records is included.

Course Content

Module 1
Overview: Religious Groups & Records In The United States, 19th And 20th Centuries
• Accessing Religious Records
• Realignment of Colonial Religious Groups
• Education & the Church
• Slavery Issues & the Church
• Emerging Religious Groups, Early 19th Century
• The Shakers
• The Oneida Community
• The Millerites/Adventists
• The Mormons; The Community of Christ (formerly RLDS)
• Post Civil War Population and Intellectual Climate
• Population Shifts
• Sectional Interests
• Black Churches
• Missionary Efforts
• Protestant Evangelism
• Darwinism
• Christian Science
• Unity
• Immigrants in the Late 19th & Early 20th Centuries
• Reformed Church Growth
• Jewish Immigrants
• Eastern Orthodox Christians
• Eastern-Rite Catholics
• Buddhism
• Latecomers to the Religious Scene in America
• The Holiness Revival
• The Pentecostal Churches
• Millennialism; Adventists and Jehovah's Witnesses
• Black Churches in the 20th Century
• Fundamentalism
• The Charismatic Movement
• Hinduism
• Islam
• Headquarters/Repositories
Internet Resources
• Internet Links—Overview: Religious Records
• Internet Links—Overview: Church History
• Internet Links—Emerging Religious Groups
Bibliography: Religions & Records in America, 1600–2000

Module 2
The Restoration Movement
• The Restoration Movement Defined
• Records—Churches of the Restoration Movement
• Timeline
• Christian Churches & Churches of Chris
• Beliefs, Practices & Records
• Headquarters/Repositories
• The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
• Membership Statistics
• Beliefs, Practices & Records
• Headquarters/Repositories
• Beliefs, Practices and Records
• Headquarters/Repositories
• Internet Links—Restoration Movement Churches

Module 3
Mormons; Community of Christ
• Shared Beginnings
• Timeline
• The Mormons
• Beliefs, Practices & Records
• Genealogy: uniting the family beyond the grave
• The Family History Library
• The Community of Christ (formerly: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
• Headquarters/Repositories
• Internet Links—The Community of Christ

Module 4
The Orthodox Church; Eastern-Rite Catholics
• Recommended Reading: Shared Eastern Roots
• Membership Statistics
• Timeline
• The Orthodox Church
• Beliefs, Practices and Records
• The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
• Headquarters/Repositories
• The Eastern-Rite Catholics
• Beliefs, Practices and Records
• Headquarters/Repositories
• Internet Links—Eastern-Rite Catholics

Module 5
• Judaism, a World Religion
• Jewish texts are composed of the Tanakh and the Talmud.
• Forms of Judaism in the Modern Era
• Membership Statistics
• Timeline
• Judaism in the 19th and 20th Centuries in the U.S.
• Beliefs, Practices and Records
• A Response Concerning Orthodox Records
• Headquarters/ Repositories
• Judaism—Internet Links

Module 6
Buddhism; Hinduism; Islam
• World Religions Compared
• World Religions: General Overview—Internet Links
• Membership Statistics
• Timeline
• Headquarters/Repositories
• Buddhism—Internet Links
• History, Beliefs, Practices and Records
• Headquarters/Repositories
• Hinduism—Internet Links<
• History, Beliefs, Practices and Records
• Headquarters/Repositories
• Islam—Internet Links

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