This book documents the talks presented at a conference that was held from 8 to 10 July 2011 at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Its topic: the sustainability of the parish in Germany and in the USA. In the first part American and German contributions examine the past, present and future of the parish. The second part is concerned with specific practical investigations. In addressing liturgy, catechesis and charity, these investigations draw us into the fundamental functions of church life.
The contributions show, that such a comparative approach is worthwhile, not least because it can provide new impulses for the current discussions on parochial sustainability in Germany and the USA.