[This is Rural Life by Dr. Ralph Williamson]

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Dr. Ralph Williamson gives presentation on the Interdenominational Theological Center’s monthly faculty forum series program. He titles his presentation, “This is Rural.” In it, he compares and contrast rural and urban life. At the center of his comparisons and contrasts is the church, and Dr. Williamson gives particular attention to the town and rural church and the trends affecting it.

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00:00:05 Dr. Ralph Williamson introduces himself and states he is speaking on the regular monthly program of the Interdenominational Theological Series faculty forum series. Also introduces his subject, “This is Rural.”

00:00:17 Talks about farmers and city slickers.

00:01:17 Talks about America becoming one big industrialized city.

00:06:42 Talks about rural and urban life being intimately bound together and increasingly interdependent. Each should become aware of each other’s institutions and welfare.

00:09:10 Talks about answering the question what is rural by turning to the definitions and descriptions of sociology which emphasizes size and the relationships of the community.

00:12:14 Talks about church characteristics and trends. Examples include trend towards village church, an abandonment of open country churches, and changes in demands of the function of church. Church is becoming a seven day a week church. No longer does Sunday only church due to meet the needs of the people.

00:13:51 Talks about rural life being extensive and contains a very large and important minority of the American people. Talks about spiritual life of town and country community.

00:14:45 Ends lecture.


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