This article explores the historical relationship between Cooperative Extension and faith-based organizations. Using historical texts, the authors show that since the passage of the Smith-Lever Act in 1914, Cooperative Extension has worked with faith-based organizations, such as congregations, to promote community renewal. Extension and congregations--then and now--share a deep commitment to building community. The authors conclude that by remembering its historical roots, Extension can renew a vision for creating a just, democratic society. In this way, Extension can help create healthier communities.
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Prins, E., & Ewert, D. (2002). Cooperative Extension and Faith-Based Organizations: Building Social Capital. The Journal of Extension, 40(3), Article 3. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol40/iss3/3