Working for the Community: Religious Congregations in the Haliburton Highlands

Author: 
Wilson, J. Scott
Date: 
1995
Location: 
U-links 705-286-2411
Reference: 
TPB-539
Collection: 
Study: 
1994-1995
Source: 
U-Links
Abstract: 

According to the 1981 Census, 93% of the population of Haliburton Highlands claimed affiliation to a Christian religion. Building on this high percentage, the author states his thesis that the Christian religion has played a major role in defining the bioregion's ethos through various community outreach programs. These programs are designed to assist the members of the community and, in so doing, help to consolidate its identity. The survey methodology is outlined along with a discussion of its strengths and weaknesses in the compilation of data.

A number of churches are catalogued and their community outreach programs documented. From this analysis some common threads of action are presented along with the rationale behind such programs and the efforts at interdenominational cooperation among churches.