Faith on the Avenue: Religion on a City Street

Hardcover | January 21, 2014

byKatie Day

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In a richly illustrated, revelatory study of Philadelphia's Germantown Avenue, home to a diverse array of more than 90 Christian and Muslim congregations, Katie Day explores the formative and multifaceted role of religious congregations within an urban environment. Germantown Avenue cuts through Philadelphia for eight and a half miles, from the affluent neighborhood of Chestnut Hill to the high crime section known as 'the Badlands.' The congregations along this route range from the wealthiest to the poorest populations in Philadelphia. Some congregants areimmigrants who find safety and support in close fellowship, while others are long-time residents whose congregations are actively involved in providing social services. Cities undergo constant change, and their congregations change with them. As Day observes, some congregations have sprung up informer commercial strips, harboring new arrivals and recreating a sense of home, and others form an anchor for a neighborhood across generations, providing a connection to the past and a hope of stability for the future. Social scientists, urban planners, and politicians have long overlooked the agency of communities of faith in the construction of the social, cultural, economic, and physical reality of life in the city. Drawing on years of research, in-depth interviews with religious leaders and congregants, and awealth of demographic data, Day demonstrates the powerful influence cities exert on their congregations, and the surprising and important impact congregations have on their urban environments.

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In a richly illustrated, revelatory study of Philadelphia's Germantown Avenue, home to a diverse array of more than 90 Christian and Muslim congregations, Katie Day explores the formative and multifaceted role of religious congregations within an urban environment. Germantown Avenue cuts through Philadelphia for eight and a half miles,...

Katie Day holds the Charles A. Schieren Chair in Church and Society at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199860025

ISBN - 13:9780199860029

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Index of Pictures and FiguresIntroduction1. Mapping Faith on the Avenue2. Constructing the Sacred in Space and Place3. Seeking the Welfare of the City4. Pound for Pound: The Social Impact of Small Churches5. Pentecostal Latinas: Engendering Selves in Storefront Congregations6. Muslims on the Block: Navigating the Urban Ecology7. Urban Flux: Mobility, Change and Communities of FaithBibliographyIndex