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The other Philadelphia story : how local congregations support quality of life in urban America

Author: Ram A Cnaan
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2006.
Series: City in the twenty-first century book series.
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"In The Other Philadelphia Story, drawing on the first-ever census of congregations in any American city. Ram Cnaan and his colleagues provide an authoritative account of the functioning of congregations, their involvement in social services, and their support of other charitable organizations."--Jacket.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ram A Cnaan
ISBN: 0812239490 9780812239492
OCLC Number: 67728828
Description: xvii, 334 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction to the field of studying congregations --
"Here is the church, here is the steeple": defining and measuring religious congregations --
The religious landscape in Philadelphia --
The organizational behavior of the congregations in our study --
Congregational contribution to quality of life in urban America --
Informal care by congregations --
Formal care: congregations as social service agencies --
Using space for good use --
Special congregations and subgroups --
Black congregations in the city of brotherly love --
Latino congregations in the twenty-first century --
Women in congregations and social service provision --
Area organizations that enhance the congregational social service capacity --
Interfaith coalitions: the Northwest interfaith movement --
Using congregational capacity to help the homeless: the NPIHN --
Using congregational volunteers: Amachi and REST Philly --
Conclusions and implications --
The world of the clergy: contextual necessities and leadership challenges --
Policy recommendations: What have we learned?
Series Title: City in the twenty-first century book series.
Responsibility: Ram A. Cnaan ; with Stephanie C. Boddie, Charlene C. McGrew, and Jennifer J. Kang.
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For many living in U.S. cities, social services come not from the government but from local churches. Based on the first census of congregations ever conducted in any American city, this book  Read more...

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