Religion and Social Work, by F. Ernest Johnson
The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, under whose auspices we get this symposium on religion and social work, can hardly be accused of sectarian bias. If my count is correct only one of the fourteen contributors to the volume is of undetermined religious affiliation, while there are two Jews, two Roman Catholics, and nine Protestants. The lecturers represent such various occupations as that of pastor, lawyer, theologian, university professor, ecclesiastical officer, director of non-sectarian social work, officer of a Federal agency, and director of Jewish community services.
Part of the interest of this book lies in what it tells us of the range of social work activities carried on under religious auspices. The main focus appears to be on the care of children and of the aged, but there are also hospitals, community centers, loan societies, summer camps, day nurseries, adoption agencies, institutional chaplaincies, organizations for family case work, and special services for seamen, migrants, refugees, unmarried mothers, the deaf, the blind, and the handicapped. Indeed, there are few areas of human need where organized religion fails to lend a helping hand.
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