Churches and Public Funding: Strategies of Resistance, Accommodation, and Adaptation to Government Regulation

Citation: 
Sinha, Jill Witmer. “Churches and Public Funding: Strategies of Resistance, Accommodation, and Adaptation to Government Regulation.” Unpublished paper. Religious Research Association Conference, Boston, MA, November 6, 1999.
Abstract: 

Jill Witmer Sinha examines two congregations—labeled Church A and Church B—which both receive government money through two different State-funded social services contracts, in order to show how they are responding to different requirements while striving the maintain the religious purposes behind their social programs. Church A runs a service-based food program sponsored by various outside funding sources, including a non-Charitable Choice state grant. Church B operates a Charitable Choice-funded, performance-based welfare-to-work program. Non-traditional, performance-based contracts allow churches more leniency in managing government funds yet expect churches to comply with strict contract policies. The fact that government regulation of Church B is more intensive than that of Church A at least means that dialogue between church and state must continue to maintain faith-based program effectiveness as well as the integrity of its religious impact.

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