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BREWER, EARL D. C.
Earl D. C. Brewer papers, 1941-1993

Emory University

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Brewer, Earl D. C.
Title: Earl D. C. Brewer papers, 1941-1993
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 095
Extent: 5.2 cubic feet. (13 boxes)
Abstract:Contains research papers, publications and studies by Earl Brewer.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

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All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Earl D. C. Brewer Papers, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by Beth Carpenter, December 1988; Brandon Wason, October 2015.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Earl David Clarence Brewer was born in Ansonville, North Carolina, on May 26, 1914, the son of John A. and Lydia Brewer. He attended Rutherford Jr. College from 1930-1932 and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree. Brewer went on to Emory University, and in 1937 he received a Bachelor of Divinity degree. In 1947 he graduated from Duke University with a MA, and in 1951 he received a Ph.D from the University of North Carolina. Brewer married Ethel Kerr on August 28, 1938 and they had two children, Krista and David.

Brewer's career with the Methodist Church started in 1938 as a minister with the Western North Carolina Conference. He was ordained as a deacon in 1940 and as an elder in 1942. Then, in 1946 Brewer joined the faculty of Emory University. He was appointed as a professor of Sociology and Religion at the Candler School of Theology in 1956. At Candler, Brewer also directed the Religious Research Center. He was Director of Research in Religion of South Appalachian Studies under a Ford Foundation Grant in 1958-59. In 1982 Brewer was named Charles Howard Candler Professor of Sociology of Religion, and in 1985 he assumed Faculty Emeritus status.

Dr. Brewer died at 79, on 16 June 1993 at Emory University Hospital of complications after heart surgery.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains four document boxes of essays, sermons, and lectures written by Earl D.C. Brewer. The section of Brewer's essays, sermons, and lectures is arranged alphabetically by title. The second section contains seven document boxes of publications and studies, many of which were published by the Religious Research Center or other organizations. Because the authorship of material in this section varies, the authors are listed in addition to the title of the work. The third section contains survey material that Brewer or his associates used in their studies. The fourth section contains material relating to Southern Appalachian Studies, which includes a draft for an unpublished work, Religion and Change in Appalachia. The penultimate section contains other studies that were not written by Brewer, and the last section contains newspaper clippings collected by Brewer and a euology commerorating the death of Dr. Brewer in 1993.



Container List

Essays, Sermons, and Lectures
Box Folder Content
1 1 Appalachian Region and Religion, 1973 January
1 2 Attitudes Toward Inclusive Practices in the Methodist Church in the Southeast: Selected Tables, 1964
1 3 The Bible in the Bible Belt, 1972 May 18
1 4 A Brief Commentary on the Attached Table, 1983
1 5 A Brief Statement About the Role of Research in Theological Education, 1972 November
1 6 A Brief Statement of the Sect-Church Typology, 1963
1 7 A Brief Statement on the Place of Theological Schools in the overall Strategy of Methodism, 1951 October
1 8 The Challenge to the Methodist Church of the Changing Cultural Conditions in the Contemporary American Countryside, 1964
1 9 Change and the Quality of Life, 1972 March 13-14
1 10 Changes in Religion Over the Generations, 1964
1 11 Chapel Talk: 2 Corinthians 2:16; 3:6 (Candler School of Theology), undated
1 12 Chapel Talk: Seminary as Community (Candler School of Theology), 1960 March 24
1 13 Chapel Talk: Whose Leaven in What Lump? (Candler School of Theology), 1965 January 14
1 14 Chapel Talk: Communion Meditation (Candler School of Theology), 1965 December 8
1 15 Chapel Talk: Isaiah 61:1-4; Mark 7:1-9 (Candler School of Theology), 1969 October 16
1 16 Chapel Talk: Stories and Songs (Candler School of Theology), 1973 November 8
1 17 Chapel Talk: Luke 4 (Candler School of Theology), 1983 January 25
1 18 Chapel Talk: Seminary as Exile (Candler School of Theology), 1984 January 19
1 19 Christian Values and Rural Society, 1960
1 20 The Church and Community Change, 1965
1 21 Church Extension Strategy, 1962 July 4
1 22 The Church in Challenge and Response, 1964 June 30-July 1
1 23 The Church in the South, 1965
1 24 Church Planning Strategies in Appalachia, 1970 October 29
1 25 Circuit Churches, undated
1 26 Conceptions of Today's Ministry, 1956
1 27 A Comparison of Churches in the Buford Teaching Parish (Georgia) and the Westfield Parish Development Project (Connecticut), undated
1 28 Conditions and Changes, Crises and Challenges for Methodism in Town and Country America, 1963 July 10
1 29 Congregational Futures: Divine and Human, undated
1 30 Constructive Plans and Programs for Ministerial Training in the Southern Mountain Area, undated
1 31 A Cooperative Research Process Within the National Council of Churches, 1968 September 30
1 32 Crises and Challenges of the Local Church and Christian Parish, undated
1 33 The Crisis of Methodism in Town and Country, 1962
1 34 A Critique of Research Documents in the H. Paul Douglass Collection, 1970 October 2
1 35 Elementary Forms of Everyday Life and Religion, 1970 December
1 36 Evaluation in the Planning-Action-Research Process, 1968 October 28
1 37 Everyday Life and Transcendence, 1974 October 27
1 38 Exploring Religion in Everyday Life, 1973 October 16
1 39 Exploring Religion: Some Intimations and Indications, 1973 January
1 40 Exploring the Seminary as Transcending Community, 1975 October
1 41 Ferment in the Mix of Ministry Formation, 1974 March
2 1 The Function of Sociology in the Theological Curriculum [bound with other papers for a panel discussion on sociologists in theological education], 1960
2 2 The Future of Religion and Ministries, 1976
2 3 The Future of Religioning and Aging as Transcending Processes, 1980
2 4 Futures for Churches of Small Membership, 1983 July 18-21
2 5 The History and Future of Theological Education for the Small Town and Rural Community, 1983 September 27
2 6 Inclusiveness in Local Methodism, 1966
2 7 Informal Group Leadership Operations, 1977
2 8 Introductory Statement on the Development of Rural Sociology and the Major Textbooks in Rural Sociology, 1951 September
2 9 Life Stages and Spiritual Well-Being, 1978 August 14-18
2 10 Linking Church Data and Academic Research, 1979 November 9
2 11 Meditation on Four Breads, 1980
2 12 Methodism and the Candler School of Theology, 1959 October 23
2 13 Methodism and Society--A Bicentennial Vision, 1984 January
2 14 Methodism in the Space Age, 1960
2 15 The Methodists in Southern Appalachia, 1965
2 16 Mississippi Conference Council on Ministries, undated
2 17 The Negro and Population Characteristics, 1966
2 18 The North Alabama Annual Conference Futures, undated
2 19 Parish Renewal and the Small Membership Church, [1960]
2 20 A Partnership for the Renewal of Rural North Carolina, 1968
2 21 Pathways Toward a Dynamic Structural Pattern of the Local Church, 1966 December 5-6
2 22 Planning and Performance in the Functioning Methodist Circuit Pattern, 1958
2 23 Planning within the Methodist Circuit Pattern, undated
2 24 The Planning-Research-Action (PRA) Process With Application to Parish Mission and Ministry, 1970
2 25 A Praying-Planning Process Toward Church Community Futures, 1983
2 26 Private Housekeeping and Public Ministry in New Congregations, 1968 June 19
2 27 Problems of Communication and the Strategy of Churches, 1954 June 12
2 28 Possible Futures for United Methodism in Town and Country, 1974
2 29 Protestant Denominations' Policy Response to Aging, 1981 November 1
2 30 Radio Talk, 1963 August 21
2 31 Reaction to Keynote Address, 1969
2 32 Reflections on Reports and Renewal, 1980 July 15-19
2 33 Reflections on Theological Education, 1984 April 16
2 34 Religion and Aging, 1979
2 35 Religion and Atlanta International, 1976 January 7
3 1 Religion and Churches in Suburbia, 1959
3 2 Religion and Socialization, undated
3 3 Religion and the Southern Revolution, 1965 March 5
3 4 Religion and Theology: Research and Planning, 1976
3 5 Religion in Custom and Change in the Mountains, 1958 February 14
3 6 Religion in Elementary Forms of Everyday Life, 1972 September
3 7 Religion in the Southern Appalachians, undated
3 8 Religioning and Planning, 1975
3 9 The Religioning Process in Future Forms of Ministries in the Military, 1977 May 9-11
3 10 Religious Attitudes and Social Change in Southern Appalachia, 1967
3 11 The Religious Situation in the South, 1963 April 16
3 12 A Report of A Symposium on Transcendence and Mystery in Modern Life, 1972
3 13 Reports of the Nine Study Groups, 1949 September 1-9
3 14 Research Documents in the H. Paul Douglass Collection Review of Religious Research. Vol 13, number 2, Winter 1972
3 15 Rethinking Human Rights in United Methodism, undated
3 16 Revisioning Congregational Development, 1983
3 17 The Role of the Rural Minister, 1960
3 18 Sect and Church in Methodism Social Forum, Vol. 30, number 4, 1962 May
3 19 A Seminary Professor (Sociologist) Looks at Methodist Periodicals, 1963 April 24
3 20 Seventy-fifth Anniversary, 1989: Candler School of Theology and Earl D. C. Brewer, 1989
3 21 The Small Membership Church: A Summit View, 1979
3 22 Social Determinates of Religion, undated
3 23 Social Indicators and Religious Indicators, 1972 October 26-28
3 24 Social Setting of the Southland (earlier edition), 1960
3 25 The Social Setting of the Southland, 1967
3 26 Social Theory and Theology, undated
3 27 Social Trends and Transformation, undated
3 28 A Sociological Commentary on John Cobb's _The Meaning of Salvation_, 1969
3 29 Some Background Considerations in Planning Strategies of Leadership Development, 1969 January 21
3 30 Some Challenges Facing the Church in Modern Urban Culture, 1964
3 31 Some Changes in America's Countryside, [1958]
3 32 Some Characteristics of Young People in the Southern Appalachian Region, 1965 July 9
3 33 Some Exploratory Work on Research into the Nature of Religion in Everyday Life, 1971 October
3 34 Some Facts Facing Methodism, 1961
3 35 Some Ideas About Religious Leadership in the 1980s and Beyond, 1979 April
4 1 Some Informal and Introductory Remarks on the Nature of Religion and Indicators of Religion, 1972
4 2 Some Issues Facing the Church in the Southeast, 1964 November 4-8
4 3 Some Major Issues Facing the Division of the Local Church, 1966 January 5
4 4 Some Notes on Theory, undated
4 5 Some Social Characteristics of the South, 1964 November 4-8
4 6 Some Suggestions About Future-oriented Research in Religion, 1970
4 7 Some Ways of Visioning the Future, 1980
4 8 The Southern Region - A Laboratory for Ecumenical Christian Mission?, 1966
4 9 Spiritual Well-Being and the Quality of Everyday Life, 1975
4 10 A Study of Employment of Women in Professional or Executive Positions in the Churches at a National Level, undated
4 11 Studying Changes and Visioning Futures with Application to Churches and Communities, 1979 Winter
4 12 Suggestions Regarding Town and Country Work in the Southeast, 1963 October 21
4 13 Toward a Sociology of American Catholicism, undated
4 14 Toward Understanding Elementary Forms of Everyday Life and Religion, 1970
4 15 Transcendence and Mystery in Everyday Life, 1972 March
4 16 A Transcending Planning Process, 1983
4 17 A Transcending Religioning-Planning Process, 1981
4 18 United Methodism in the Future of the Southeast in Town and Country, 1969 August 14
4 19 Untitled paper on the Methodism in America, [1955]
4 20 The Virginia Annual Conference Futures, undated
4 21 Vision and Rapid Social Change, 1973 January 30
4 22 WAGA (material to be used in book review over WAGA-TV), undated
4 23 What's New and What's Next with Small Membership Congregations?, 1975
4 24 Where are we in our Environment?, undated
4 25 Whither Town and Country Methodism by 1975?, 1956 March 12
4 26 Woman's Clubs and Community Organization and Planning, 1950
4 27 A Working Paper for the Southern Appalachian Consultation, 1963 November 12-14
4 28 A Working Paper for the Staff Consultation of the Division of National Missions of the Board of Missions of the Methodist Church, 1963 October 28
4 29 A Working Paper on the Study of the Methodist Churches in the North Georgia Conference, 1963 October 26
4 30 A Working Paper on the Town and Country Methodist Parish of the Future, 1956
4 31 World Religions and Emerging World Community: An Optimistic Scenario, 1980 July 20-25
Publications and Studies
5 1 Attitudes Toward Inclusiveness in Local Methodism (Earl D. C. Brewer and Clyde W. Faulkner, Jr.), 1968
5 2 Black Pastors and Churches in United Methodism (Grant S. Shockley, Earl D. C. Brewer, and Marie Townsend), 1976
5 3 A Chartbook of Urban Parish and Rural Parish Prepared for Methodist Convocation on Urban Life in America (Earl D. C. Brewer, Theodore H. Runyon, Barbara B. Pittard, Harold W. McSwain, and Marie Townsend), 1966
5 4 Christian Rural Fellowship Lectures (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1952
5 5 The Churches of the Gastonia District, The Western North Carolina Conference (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1964
5 6 Content Analysis of Selected Methodist Periodicals (Earl D. C. Brewer, Lance Webb, and David Manning White), 1963
5 7 The Cooperative-type Ministry and Renewal in Town and Country Churches: A Report on Group Ministries (Harold W. McSwain with Harold S. Huff; preface by Earl D. C. Brewer), 1965
5 8 The Family Ministry Project: Research and Evaluation (Earl D. C. Brewer and Marie Townsend), 1969
5 9 General Characteristics of the Methodist Ministry in 1963 (G. Ross Freeman and Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1963
5 10 Image of the National Council of Churches: A National Survey of Opinions (Douglas W. Johnson and Earl D. C. Brewer), 1969
5 11 Inclusiveness in Local Methodism (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1966
5 12 An Introductory Study of Methodism in Dougherty County (Clifton LeCornu and Marie Townsend; forward by Earl D. C. Brewer), 1964
5 13 An Inventory of the Harlan Paul Douglass Collection of Religious Research Reports (Earl D. C. Brewer and Douglas W. Johnson), 1970
6 1 Life and Religion in Southern Appalachia (W. D. Weatherford and Earl D. C. Brewer), 1962
6 2 Methodism in Athens and Clarke County, Georgia (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1955
6 3 Methodism in Surry County, Winston-Salem District, Western North Carolina Conference (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1954
6 4 Methodism in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, 1950-1970: A Study in Church Extension Needs (Earl D. C. Brewer with Florence Little), 1960
6 5 Methodism in the Changing Southeast: A Study Prepared for the Southeastern Jurisdictional Council (Earl D. C. Brewer with William B. Jones and Sidney E. Sandridge), 1952
6 6 Methodism in the Paducah District of the Memphis Conference (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1955
6 7 Methodism in the Tampa District of the Florida Conference: A Preliminary Study (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1961
6 8 Methodism in Yadkin County, Winston-Salem District, Western North Carolina Conference (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1954
6 9 The Methodist Churches in Georgia: Georgia Conference (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1961
6 10 The Methodist Churches in Georgia: North Georgia Conference, Volume 1 (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1961
6 11 The Methodist Churches in Georgia: North Georgia Conference, Volume 2 (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1961
6 12 The Methodist Churches in Georgia: North Georgia Conference, Gainesville District (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1961
7 1 The Methodist Churches in Georgia: South Georgia Conference, Volume 1 (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1961
7 2 The Methodist Churches in Georgia: South Georgia Conference, Volume 2 (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1961
7 3 Mission in the Seventies: A Background Paper on Some Trends and Issues (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1969
7 4 Preliminary Report and Working Papers for the Methodist Parish Project (South Georgia Conference) (Earl D. C. Brewer, Theodore H. Runyon, Marie Townsend, Harold W. McSwain, and Barbara B. Pittard), 1963
7 5 Preliminary Study of Methodism in Memphis (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1954
7 6 Preliminary Study, First Methodist Church, Memphis, Tennessee (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1954
7 7 A Program for the Local Rural Church: The Report of Commission Seven of the National Methodist Rural Life Conference (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1948
7 8 A Report and Evaluation of the Crisis in the Nation Program, 1968-1969 (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1970
7 9 A Self-study of the General Board of Education of the Methodist Church and the General Board of Christian Education of the Evangelical United Brethren Church: Report 1, Background Papers (Earl D. C. Brewer, Loyde H. Hartley, and Marie Townsend), 1967
7 10 A Self-study of the General Board of Education of the Methodist Church and the General Board of Christian Education of the Evangelical United Brethren Church: Report 2, A Self-study of Organizational Units (Earl D. C. Brewer, Loyde H. Hartley, and Marie Townsend), 1967
8 1 A Self-study of the General Board of Education of the Methodist Church and the General Board of Christian Education of the Evangelical United Brethren Church: Report 3, Opinions of Board Members, Staff Members and Others (Earl D. C. Brewer, Loyde H. Hartley, and Marie Townsend), 1967
8 2 A Self-study of the General Board of Education of the Methodist Church and the General Board of Christian Education of the Evangelical United Brethren Church: Report 4, Summary and Suggestions (Earl D. C. Brewer, Loyde H. Hartley, and Marie Townsend), 1967
8 3 Studies in North Georgia Methodism (John R. Sills with Earl D. C. Brewer, director), 1955
8 4 A Study Guide for Use in Seminars on the Church and Agricultural Life (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1957
8 5 A Study in New Church Development, The Methodist Church (Earl D. C. Brewer and Marie Townsend), 1967
8 6 A Study of First Methodist Church and St. Paul Methodist Church, Gainesville, Georgia (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1967
8 7 A Study of First Methodist Church Decatur, Georgia (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1956
8 8 A Study of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church (G. Melton Mobley and Earl D. C. Brewer), 1983
8 9 A Study of Mount Vernon Methodist Church, Danville, Virginia (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1955
8 10 A Study of Park Street Methodist Church (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend and Clifton Lecornu), 1964
9 1 A Study of St. John Methodist Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee (Earl D. C. Brewer with Shirley Chapman), 1960
9 2 A Study of the Adult Members of the Congregations of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church (Barbara Payne and Earl D. C. Brewer), 1984
9 3 A Study of the Churches of Dade County, Miami District, The Florida Conference of the Methodist Church (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1965
9 4 A Study of the Churches of the Gainesville District, The Florida Conference of the Methodist Church (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1965
9 5 A Study of the Churches of the West Palm Beach District, The Florida Conference of the Methodist Church (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1965
9 6 A Study of the Crusade Scholarship Program of the United Methodist Church (Earl D. C. Brewer with Otis Turner and Marie Townsend), 1970
9 7 A Study of the General Superintendency of the Methodist Church, Part 2: Relation of the Episcopacy to Pastoral Charges and Special Appointments (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1963
9 8 Study of the Ministry, North Alabama Conference (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend and Brian Peck), 1962
9 9 Study of the Ministry, North Alabama Conference: A Supplement (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1963
9 10 A Study of Trinity Methodist Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1961
9 11 A Study of Two Downtown Methodist Churches of Jacksonville, Florida (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1962
10 1 A Study of Wagg Memorial Methodist Church (Earl D. C. Brewer with Marie Townsend), 1963
10 2 Survey of Snyder Memorial Methodist Church and First Methodist Church, Jacksonville, Florida (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1962
10 3 Survey of St. Paul Methodist Church and First Methodist Church, Gainesville, Georgia: Manual of Instructions (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1965
10 4 Up Ahead for Methodism: Studies in the Enlarged Parish or Modern Circuit Pattern in Town and Country Methodism (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1959
10 5 A Vocational Rehabilitation Study of Prisoners, Probationers and Parolees (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1964
10 6 Publications in Periodicals (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1941-1942
10 7 Publications in Periodicals (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1943
10 8 Publications in Periodicals (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1944
10 9 Publications in Periodicals (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1945
10 10 Publications in Periodicals (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1947, 1949
10 11 Publications in Periodicals (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1951-1953
11 1 Publications in Periodicals (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1954-1955
11 2 Publications in Periodicals (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1956-1958
11 3 Publications in Periodicals (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1964-1965
11 4 Publications in Periodicals (Earl D. C. Brewer), 1967-1968
Unpublished Survey Materials
11 5 Knoxville District Survey, 1968
11 6 New Church Study (survey materials), 1966
11 7 Sample surveys and course materials, 1968-1973, undated
Southern Appalachian Studies
12 1 Monograph: Religion and Change in Appalachia draft and outline with correspondence, 1971
12 2 Monograph: Religion and Change in Appalachia draft of chapter 1, 1971
12 3 Monograph: Religion and Change in Appalachia draft of chapter 2, 1971
12 4 Monograph: Religion and Change in Appalachia draft of chapter 3, 1971
12 5 Monograph: Religion and Change in Appalachia draft of chapter 4, 1971
12 6 Monograph: Religion and Change in Appalachia draft of chapter 4 (copy), 1971
12 7 Draft of Household and Belief Survey, undated
12 8 Household Survey and Data, 1958, undated
12 9 Household Survey Data, undated
12 10 Data and Analysis, undated
13 1 Publications and Essays related to Southern Appalachian Studies (not by Brewer), Part 1, 1960-1969, undated
13 2 Publications and Essays related to Southern Appalachian Studies (not by Brewer), Part 2, 1960-1969, undated
13 3 Publications and Essays related to Southern Appalachian Studies (not by Brewer), Part 3, 1960-1969, undated
Studies and surveys (not authored by Brewer)
13 4 The Seven Churches of Methodism [includes brief correspondence with Nancy Ammerman] (Robert L. Wilson and William H. Willimon), 1985
13 5 Survey of local church pastors and appointment beyond the local church (ABLC) in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist ChurchAnonymous, undated
Other Materials
13 6 Newspaper and magazine clippings, 1965-1969, undated
13 7 Obituary and eulogy of Earl D. C. Brewer, 1993 June
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