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In many rural parts of Germany, secularization overlaps with outmigration and population decline. As a result, Christian churches face significant financial pressure in the rural areas near big cities due to plummeting numbers of parish members. Using a case study in the Evangelical Church in Central Germany, we argue that cooperation between different groups of belief helps local communities mitigating worsening socioeconomic circumstances and the withdrawal of finances and church staff.
Articles | Volume 72, issue 3
Geogr. Helv., 72, 361–370, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-72-361-2017

Special issue: Die Postsäkularitätsdebatte und die Geographie

Geogr. Helv., 72, 361–370, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-72-361-2017

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Post-secular rapprochement in peripheralized regions – politics of withdrawal and parish community responses

Frank Meyer and Judith Miggelbrink

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In many rural parts of Germany, secularization overlaps with outmigration and population decline. As a result, Christian churches face significant financial pressure in the rural areas near big cities due to plummeting numbers of parish members. Using a case study in the Evangelical Church in Central Germany, we argue that cooperation between different groups of belief helps local communities mitigating worsening socioeconomic circumstances and the withdrawal of finances and church staff.
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