I find myself quite puzzled whenever I come across with the sentences containing "be involved in/with".Because I couldnt find a way to properly convert "involve" into my language when it's in passive voice. So let's put aside all those tedious dictionary definitions, I want you native guyz to explain what exactly comes to your mind or pops into your head whenever you hear someone saying
"She's been involved with animal rights for many years"
"Cummings has been actively involved with the church for years"
"many people were involved in the crime"
"Fathers are getting more involved with their families"
Don't know if I think correctly but what I understand from first two sentences is that the all these people have been included in mentioned cases but there's no any compulsion and they therefore have been drawn or lured to these. The third one sounds to me like "many people had their hands in the crime" The fourth, getting away from its basic meaning, makes quite different sense to me like "they are begining to spend more time with their families" so there's no any triggering factor. So what's your thoughts about "be involved in/with"? What comes to your mind when it's used in general speaking, writing or reading?