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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
• Shakers
• Oneida Community
• Millerites/Adventists
• 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
• Holiness Revival
• Pentecostal Churches
• Millennialism; Adventists and Jehovah's Witnesses
• Black Churches in the 20th Century
• Fundamentalism
• The Charismatic Movement
• Hinduism
• Islam
African Methodist Episcopal Church
Internet Resources

Module 2
The Restoration Movement
The Restoration Movement Defined
• Records—Churches of the Restoration Movement
• Timeline
Christian Churches & Churches of Chris
• Beliefs, Practices & Records
• Resources
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
• Membership Statistics
• Beliefs, Practices & Records
• Resources
Churches of Christ (Non-instrumental)
• Beliefs, Practices and Records
• Resources

Module 3
Mormons; Community of Christ
Shared Beginnings
• Membership Statistics
• Timeline
• Beliefs, Practices & Records
• Genealogy: Uniting the family beyond the grave
• Family History Library
• Resources
Community of Christ
• Beliefs, Practices & Records
• Resources

Module 4
Orthodox Church; Eastern-Rite Catholics
Shared Eastern Roots
• Membership Statistics
• Timeline
Orthodox Church
• Beliefs, Practices and Records
• Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
• Orthodox Church in America
• Resources
Eastern-Rite Catholics
• Beliefs, Practices and Records
• Resources

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
• Resources

Module 6
Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam
World Religions Compared
General Overview
• Membership Statistics
• Timeline
• History, Beliefs, Practices and Records
• Resources
• History, Beliefs, Practices and Records
• Resources
• History, Beliefs, Practices and Records
• Resources

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