A study of community relations of five churches in Boston, Massachusetts
Hawkins, Virgil D.
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There has been an exodus of the old population from the city to the suburbs in recent years. This great abandonment of the city for the suburbs and exerbs has caused the city to find itself with empty stores, blighted housing areas, falling tax receipts, and lower property values. This exodus of people and businesses has had its effects, not only upon the cities, but upon the churches as well. The urban church has lost the geographical boundaries of its parish. The membership has left the immediate community, which was once the church's parish, and in its stead has moved large numbers of people from the swiftly dwindling farms of the rural areas or refugees from foreign countries. The church finds itself face to face with an ever increasing problem -- trying to exist in a community that is not its real parish,-- but must, if it is to exist in its historical location, attract these newcomers, make friends with them and bring them into their membership. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (M.S.)--Boston University