Voices of Faith: Making a Difference in Urban Neighborhoods

Bodenhamer, David J. Voices of Faith: Making a Difference in Urban Neighborhoods. Kim Charles Ferrill, photographer. Indianapolis, IN: The Polis Center, 1998.

Voices of Faith contains “the stories, voices and portraits” of twenty-six women and men from five Indianapolis neighborhoods interviewed by researchers with the Religion and Urban Culture Project. The inner-city communities featured are the majority black neighborhoods of Mapleton-Fall Creek, Martindale-Brightwood and Near Westside along with the predominantly white neighborhoods of Near East Side and Fountain Square. The stories depict the struggles and commitment of area residents in coping with urban challenges such as crime, violence and community decay. Their voices share a common concern for the neighborhoods as well a deep interest in finding solutions to their problems. Without exception the religious faith of these residents serves as the basis for their concern and action in the communities. Black-and-white photographs of the people portrayed illustrate and provide additional depth to the book’s stories.

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