Category talk:Faith communities

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Inclusivity?

I was just about to create this category, but I hadn't quite figured out what to call it. What about the mosques and synagogues? Do they go here? I was thinking maybe "congregations?"

Also, I was thinking that there would be a top-level category. Is "religion" too powerful a word? It would include the congregations, a people subcat, maybe other stuff I haven't thought of yet. Technically, are all churches not-for-profit?

Good category, just want to be sure we're doing right by it. -- B.S. Lawrence 15:31, 5 July 2009 (EDT)

I created it figuring it would spark the conversation. "Religious organizations" might be better? "Places of worship"? --Bwheeler 15:39, 5 July 2009 (EDT)
I would like to suggest that the category be called "faith communities" if you want to be all-inclusive. The problems I see with "religious organizations" is that there are what I would call "para-church" organizations which are not churches, temples, mosques, or the like, where worship, prayer, and expression of faith is the primary purpose, but serve some other function. Their purpose may be mission (Advancing Native Missions, for example), service to the poor, service to men, women, and families with specific needs (like the Bridge Ministry), and then there are faith-based ecumenical groups like PACEM, IMPACT, AIM, etc. It gets complicated. As a sub-category, under non-profits, with a similar one for "faith-based service organizations", and then NGOs -- that might cover the territory. Not sure where I'd put the Salvation Army in those groupings. Also, I like "communities" over "organizations" recognizing that post-modernism is afoot, even in sleepy Charlottesville, and some traditional (aka mainstream) worship communities have moved away from the old "membership" paradigm. My church has a large number of families who participate with us but do not "join", and some who actually belong to other churches in that respect. VaChiliman 19:13, 5 July 2009 (EDT)