Showing posts with tag: Urban poverty

The Revival Center: From Social Service to “Mutual Aid” (Part Two)

How can congregations move beyond “helping” the poor to being in ministry with them?  A black Pentecostal church on Chicago’s Near West Side offers a model for pulling families out of poverty.  Serving as a something like a “mutual aid society” where everyone has a voice and anyone can ask for help, The Revival Church […]

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Bridging the Class Divide: Lessons From Four Cities

  Last week we looked at a Morehouse College project in Indianapolis, Denver, Camden and Hartford that studied the relationship between congregations and high poverty urban communities.  The Faith Communities and Urban Families Project, directed by R. Drew Smith, was sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  The questions they asked:  What connections exist between congregations […]

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The Congregation in High Poverty Areas: Distance and Isolation

  Urban religious leaders often express a desire to bridge the social distance between their congregation and the surrounding neighborhood.  How can this be achieved?  First, it requires an accurate picture of the landscape.  In what follows, I will address a stark description:  churches and low-income residents in geographic proximity and yet worlds apart.  To […]

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