The Other Philadelphia Story: How Local Congregations Support Quality of Life in Urban America

by Ram A. Cnaan, Stephanie C. Boddie, and others. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.

Based on multi-faith research, this book highlights the value congregations add to their communities through social services, meeting spaces, and congregational care.


research insights from more than 1,300 Philadelphia-based congregations, community impact of Latino and Black congregations, the role of women, social services and congregational care

Best For

clergy and lay leaders of any faith tradition


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Suggested Uses

  • Consider the impact of your congregation by reading these stories and how other congregations measure their work.
  • Spark a conversation about the value of your congregation by sharing this data with community leaders.

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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