Faith on the Avenue

Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia cuts through a diverse swath of the city’s neighborhoods. An ongoing study of the congregations along this historic, eight-and-a-half-mile stretch of road examines the role of religious communities in urban life.

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The Rev. Dr. Katie Day is the Charles A. Scheiren professor of church and society at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. With photographer Edd Conboy and other members of the research team, she is studying the 100 or so congregations on Germantown Avenue.

Day hopes to better understand the way congregations function in the urban ecology, including the way they engage in culture, politics, street life and the economy. The project was funded primarily by a grant from the Louisville Institute.