In your own words, briefly explain the role religion and spirituality have played in American social welfare, past and present.
Spirituality and social work have been historically and philosophically connected since the beginning of social work. The original social work programs were religion or spirituality-based, like churches or sinagogues. In more recent times there is a debate on the intertwining of spirituality and social work. No matter where one stands on this issue, one must acknowledge that the knowledge of religions is important to social work so that as social workers we do not discriminate or offend our clients of different religions or spiritual beliefs.