Pitts Theology Library
Archives and Manuscripts Department

Earl D. C. Brewer
Papers, 1949-1993

Descriptive Summary
Creator:Brewer, Earl D. C., 1914-1993.
Title:Earl D. C. Brewer papers, 1949-1993.
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 095
Extent:1.2 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Abstract:Contains research papers as well as sermons and lectures given in Brewer's classes and seminars.
Language:Materials entirely in English.
Administrative Information
Restrictions on AccessUnrestricted access.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.
Citation[after identification of item(s)], Earl D. C. Brewer papers, MSS 095, Archives and Manuscript Department, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.
ProcessingProcessed by Beth Carpenter, December 1988.

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 1930-32 and received the degree of B.Ph. Brewer went on to Emory University, and in 1937 he received a BD. 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. Also, Brewer was the Director of Research in Religion of South Appalachian Studies under a Ford Foundation Grant in 1958-59. In 1982 he 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 consists almost entirely of papers written by Earl D.C. Brewer. Among these papers are sermons, and lectures given in his classes and seminars. There are also many lectures written and delivered at various conferences and symposia. The rest of the collection is made up of research papers and studies. The collection is arranged alphabetically by the title of the paper, sermon, or lecture. The dates of the papers range from 1949-1984. At the end of the collection, the researcher will find a file containing a euology commerorating the death of Dr. Brewer in 1993.

Container Listing

11Appalachian Region and Religion1973 January
12The Bible in the Bible Belt1972 May 18
13A Brief Commentary on the Attached Table1983
14A Brief Statement About the Role of Research in Theological Education1972 November
15A Brief Statement of the Sect-Church Typology1963
16A Brief Statement on the Place of Theological Schools in the overall Strategy of Methodism1951 October
17The Challenge to the Methodist Church of the Changing Cultural Conditions in the Contemporary American Countryside1964
18Change and the Quality of Life1972 March 13-14
19Changes in Religion Over the Generations1964
110Chapel Talkundated
111Chapel Talk; Seminary as Community1960 March 24
112Chapel Talk; Whose Leaven in What Lump?1965 January 14
113Chapel Talk; Communion Meditation1965 December 8
114Chapel Talk1969 October 16
115Chapel Talk; Stories and Songs1973 November 8
116Chapel Talk1983 January 25
117Chapel Talk; Seminary as Exile1984 January 19
118Christian Values and Rural Society1960
119The Church and Community Change1965
120Church Extension Strategy1962 July 4
121The Church in Challenge and Response1964 June 30-July 1
122The Church in the South1965
123Church Planning Strategies in Appalachia1970 October 29
124Circuit Churchesundated
125A Comparison of Churches in the Buford Teaching Parish (Georgia) and the Westfield Parish Development Project (Connecticut)undated
126Conditions and Changes, Crises and Challenges for Methodism in Town and Country America1963 July 10
127Congregational Futures: Divine and Humanundated
128Constructive Plans and Programs for Ministerial Training in the Southern Mountain Areaundated
129A Cooperative Research Process Within the National Council of Churches1968 September 30
130Crises and Challenges of the Local Church and Christian Parishundated
131The Crisis of Methodism in Town and Country1962
132A Critique of Research Documents in the H. Paul Douglass Collection1970 October 2
133Elementary Forms of Everyday Life and Religion1970 December
134Evaluation in the Planning-Action-Research Process1968 October 28
135Everyday Life and Transcendence1974 October 27
136Exploring Religion in Everyday Life1973 October 16
137Exploring Religion: Some Intimations and Indications1973 January
138Exploring the Seminary as Transcending Community1975 October
139Ferment in the Mix of Ministry Formation1974 March
140The Future of Religion and Ministries1976
21The Future of Religioning and Aging as Transcending Processes1980
22Futures for Churches of Small Membership1983 July 18-21
23The History and Future of Theological Education for the Small Town and Rural Community1983 September 27
24Inclusiveness in Local Methodism1966
25Informal Group Leadership Operations1977
26Introductory Statement on the Development of Rural Sociology and the Major Textbooks in Rural Sociology1951 September
27Life Stages and Spiritual Well-Being1978 August 14-18
28Linking Church Data and Academic Research1979 November 9
29Meditation on Four Breads1980
210Methodism and the Candler School of Theology1959 October 23
211Methodism and Society--A Bicentennial Vision1984 January
212Methodism in the Space Age1960
213The Methodists in Southern Appalachia1965
214Mississippi Conference Council on Ministriesundated
215The Negro and Population Characteristics1966
216The North Alabama Annual Conference Futuresundated
217Pathways Toward a Dynamic Structural Pattern of the Local Church1966 December 5-6
218Planning Within the Methodist Circuit Patternundated
219The Planning-Research-Action (PRA) Process With Application to Parish Mission and Ministry1970
220A Praying-Planning Process Toward Church Community Futures1983
221Private Housekeeping and Public Ministry in New Congregations1968 June 19
222Problems of Communication and the Strategy of Churches1954 June 12
223Protestant Denominations' Policy Response to Aging1981 November 1
224Radio Talk1963 August 21
225Reaction to Keynote Address1969
226Reflections on Reports and Renewal1980 July 15-19
227Reflections on Theological Education1984 April 16
228Religion and Aging1979
229Religion and Atlanta International1976 January 7
230Religion and Churches in Suburbia1959
231Religion and Socializationundated
232Religion and the Southern Revolution1965 March 5
233Religion and Theology: Research and Planning1976
234Religion in Custom and Change in the Mountains1958 February 14
235Religion in Elementary Forms of Everyday Life1972 September
236Religion in the Southern Appalachiansundated
237Religioning and Planning1975
238The Religioning Process in Future Forms of Ministries in the Military1977 May 9-11
239Religious Attitudes and Social Change in Southern Appalachiaundated
240The Religious Situation in the South1963 April 16
241A Report of A Symposium on Transcendence and Mystery in Modern Life1972
31Reports of the Nine Study Groups1949 September 1-9
32Research Documents in the H. Paul Douglass Collection Review of Religious Research. Vol 13, number 2Winter 1972
33Rethinking Human Rights in United Methodismundated
34Revisioning Congregational Development1983
35The Role of the Rural Minister1960
36Sect and Church in Methodism Social Forum, Vol. 30, number 41962 May
37A Seminary Professor (Sociologist) Looks at Methodist Periodicals1963 April 24
38The Small Membership Church: A Summit View1979
39Social Determinates of Religionundated
310Social Indicators and Religious Indicators1972 October 26-28
311The Social Setting of the Southland1967
312Social Theory and Theologyundated
313Social Trends and Transformationundated
314Some Background Considerations in Planning Strategies of Leadership Development1969 January 21
315Some Challenges Facing the Church in Modern Urban Culture1964
316Some Characteristics of Young People in the Southern Appalachian Region1965 July 9
317Some Exploratory Work on Research into the Nature of Religion in Everyday Life1971 October
318Some Facts About Methodism1961 July 28
319Some Ideas About Religious Leadership in the 1980s and Beyond1979 April
320Some Issues Facing the Church in the Southeast1964 November 4-8
321Some Major Issues Facing the Division of the Local Church1966 January 5
322Some Notes on Theoryundated
323Some Social Characteristics of the South1964 November 4-8
324Some Suggestions About Future-oriented Research in Religion1970
325Some Ways of Visioning the Future1980
326The Southern Region - A Laboratory for Ecumenical Christian Mission?1966
327Spiritual Well-Being and the Quality of Everyday Life1975
328A Study of Employment of Women in Professional or Executive Positions in the Churches at a National Levelundated
329Studying Changes and Visioning Futures with Application to Churches and Communities1979 Winter
330Suggestions Regarding Town and Country Work in the Southeast1963 October 21
331Toward a Sociology of American Catholicismundated
332Toward Understanding Elementary Forms of Everyday Life and Religion1970
333Transcendence and Mystery in Everyday Life1972 March
334A Transcending Planning Process1983
335United Methodism in the Future of the Southeast in Town and Country1969 August 14
336The Virginia Annual Conference Futuresundated
337Vision and Rapid Social Change1973 January 30
338WAGA (material to be used in book review over WAGA-TV)undated
339What's New and What's Next with Small Membership Congregations?1975
340Where are we in our Environment?undated
341Whither Town and Country Methodism by 1975?1956 March 12
342Woman's Clubs and Community Organization and Planning1950
343A Working Paper for the Southern Appalachian Consultation1963 November 12-14
344A Working Paper for the Staff Consultation of the Division of National Missions of the Board of Missions of the Methodist Church1963 October 28
345A Working Paper on the Study of the Methodist Churches in the North Georgia Conference1963 October 26
346A Working Paper on the Town and Country Methodist Parish of the Future1956
347World Religions and Emerging World Community: An Optimistic Scenario1980 July 20-25
348Seventy-fifth Anniversary, 1989: Candler School of Theology and Earl D. C. Brewer1989
349Obituary, eulogy and church program from Dr. Brewer's death1993 June

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