Study of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Parish Reports (1964)

About the Study:
“The self-study has been started in the fall of 1963, carried out by the Division of Research and Field Study of the Executive Council of the Executive Council in New York. It was completed a year later. By the fall of 1965, the data had been organized and analyzed, and the results were ready to be reported and discussed…..The self-study was about people rather than property or finances, though the need for money is evident in the report. In many ways, the picture that emerged was one of which to be proud…The most depressing findings, however, had to do with the low state of morale and the weakness of the lines of communication among members of different parishes. Too many divisions existed. Race and class were the unspoken divides here. Lay leadership did not seem especially strong to the study group, nor were the Convocations, or regional groupings, very effective. Furthermore, the number of communicants were flat, while the population in the metropolitan area was growing.” – Sheldon Hackney, This Far By Faith: Tradition and Change in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, pp. 308-309.

[I hope to have all of the parish reports posted by the end of 2018]

Summary Document

Central Philadelphia:

South Philadelphia:

Southwest Philadelphia:

West Philadelphia:

Lower North Philadelphia:

Upper North Philadelphia:

Kensington:

Roxborough/Manayunk

Germantown/Chestnut Hill

Olney-Oak Lane

Near Northeast Philadelphia

Far Northeast Philadelphia

One thought on “Study of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Parish Reports (1964)

  1. Elizabeth Gober

    This report describes an environment quite different from my experience at that time. I was 13 or 14 at that time and a confirmed member of St. Peter’s in Germantown. Six parishes in Germantown worked together, joining on Wednesdays during Lent (I think) for combined liturgy with worship led by one parish in another parish sanctuary. St. Barnabas came to St. Peter’s, for example. Youth in the Diocese took conferences in the Summer at Denbigh and gathered with our parents in Winter to hear important speakers like Malcolm Boyd and Don Barnhouse. Churches in Germantown would meet at Calvary to learn a new Church School Curriculum. Rectors had assigned weeks at Germantown Hospital so that when I went in for an appendix removal, I recall being visited by my Rector, Warren Davis, and the Rector of St. Lukes. The whole scene in memory seems more connected than this report suggests.

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