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Urban churches, vital signs : beyond charity toward justice
Harper, Frederick Nile.
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans Pub., [1999]

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xv, 333 pages ; 23 cm
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Written by Nile Harper and six leading pastors, this volume tells the stories of twenty-eight urban churches that are successfully contributing to the transformation of inner-city communities in fifteen major cities across America -- Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, Savannah, and Washington, D.C.

Author Notes

Nile Harper is director of Urban Church Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and an adjunct faculty member at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit. Among his previous books is Will the Church Lose the City?

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
1. Vital Signs in Urban Churchesp. 1
2. Baltimore Churches
New Song Community Churchp. 11
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Churchp. 19
3. New York City Churches
Allen African Methodist Episcopal Churchp. 30
Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Churchp. 42
Jan Hus Presbyterian Churchp. 55
4. Washington, D.C., Churches
Luther Place Memorial Churchp. 65
Shiloh Baptist Churchp. 74
5. Atlanta and Savannah Churches
Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Churchp. 83
Central Presbyterian Churchp. 92
St. Paul's Christian Methodist Episcopal Churchp. 101
6. Cleveland and Cincinnati Churches
Olivet Institutional Baptist Churchp. 110
Pilgrim Congregational Churchp. 118
Mount Auburn Presbyterian Churchp. 126
7. Detroit Churches
The Episcopal Church of the Messiahp. 138
St. Andrew-Redeemer Lutheran Churchp. 149
8. Chicago Churches
The Church of St. Edmund (Episcopal)p. 157
St. Pius V Catholic Church and The Resurrection Projectp. 168
9. Kansas City Churches
Grace United Churchp. 182
Palestine Missionary Baptist Churchp. 193
10. Denver Churches
Our Savior's Lutheran Churchp. 200
Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Churchp. 212
11. Houston Churches
Windsor Village United Methodist Churchp. 223
St. John's United Methodist Churchp. 235
12. Los Angeles Churches
First African Methodist Episcopal Churchp. 244
West Angeles Church of God in Christp. 254
13. San Francisco and Portland Churches
Ingleside Presbyterian Churchp. 264
San Francisco Network Ministriesp. 273
First Presbyterian Church of Portlandp. 285
14. Beyond Charity Toward Justicep. 297
Group Study Material
Discussion Questionsp. 310
Selected Biblical Textsp. 313
Guidelines for Going Beyond Charity Toward Justicep. 317
Resource List
Books and Periodicalsp. 319
Technical and Financial Resourcesp. 323
Indexp. 327
About the Authorp. 333