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National directory of churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship
Melton, J. Gordon.
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First edition.
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Detroit, MI : Gale Research Inc., [1994]

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4 volumes ; 29 cm
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BL1.A2 N37 1994 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
BL1.A2 N37 1994 V.4 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Directory
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BL1.A2 N37 1994 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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A multidenominational guide to 350,000 churches in the US, this four-volume set is divided into regions - west, midwest, south and northeast. Within each volume, the entries are arranged alphabetically by state, Under each state, the entries are alphabetized by city, then by denomination.

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Library Journal Review

For years church leaders, marketing professionals, travelers, genealogists, and people who are relocating have needed a directory of places of worship. This comprehensive source gives information on 350,000 churches, synagogues, and other centers of worship in the United States. It is a thorough, user-friendly, one-of-a-kind set. Thirty-five primary religious traditions are identified, organized in four regional volumes. Each volume consists of three sections: houses of worship, denominational locations, and church names. Listings for individual churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship are organized by state. The section for each state is arranged by city, then denomination, and then alphabetically by church and congregation name. Each congregation listing includes the name, address, telephone number, and size range. The guide to denominational locations appears at the end of each volume, while the guide to church names is an index of all congregations listed in each volume. The goal here is to provide access to worshiping congregations across the country and to present a picture of both urban and rural areas. It should help congrgations to establish community networks and individuals to locate congregations of like-minded worshipers in their community. Gordon is the author of Encyclopedia of American Religions ( LJ 9/1/79), among other works. Highly recommended for both academic and public libraries.-- Ra vonne A. Green, Emmanuel Coll. Lib., Franklin Springs, Ga. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

If you strung together the "churches" entries in all the US yellow pages, you would have a directory similar to this. The yellow pages, however, often give names of clergy (but this does not) and this often reports membership figures (but the yellow pages do not). Melton arranges about 350,000 houses of worship in four regional volumes, listing them by state, then by city, then by one of 35 "religious families and traditions" (e.g., such diverse groups as Buddhist, Methodist, Metaphysical, and "Unclassified"). But 35 is not enough; it seems appropriate to bring together the various Mennonite groups, but the Salvation Army seems lost among 22 Holiness churches, as do the Quakers among nine churches classed as "Protestant (Other)." The introductory pages list 210 religious groups, most with cross-references to their religious families; each volume has indexes to local church names and the 35 religious families. The latter helpfully reports Indiana's only Hindu congregation in Anderson, but also lists all 600 cities and towns in Indiana with Baptist congregations. Melton's other reference works have proven valuable enough to receive several editions: Encyclopedia of American Religions (CH, Dec'79; 4th ed., 1993) and Directory of Religious Organizations in the United States (3rd ed., 1993). This effort will not have as wide an appeal; religious and genealogy libraries and direct mail advertisers may want it, but most libraries will be content with the yellow pages. J. R. Kennedy Jr.; Earlham College