Volunteerism, Social Work, and the Church: A Historic Overview and Look into the Future
Social Work and Christianity
This article sets forth the relationship between volunteerism, social work, and the church as consisting of three discernable periods: 1) recognition of volunteerism, rooted in the church, as the origin of the profession; 2) a general attempt by the social work profession to separate and distinguish itself from volunteerism and religiously motivated services; and 3) periods of reconciliation in times of need. The authors conclude by positing the need for context-specific optimal partnerships between religious and secular professionals and religious and secular volunteers. Two case examples of context-specific optimal partnerships will be followed by implications for social work educators and practitioners.
Church, partnerships, religion, volunteering, volunteerism
Sherr, Michael E. and Straughan, Hope Haslam, "Volunteerism, Social Work, and the Church: A Historic Overview and Look into the Future" (2005). Social Work Faculty Publications. 49.