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The author of this story of the East Harlem Protestant Parish spent some time as a member of the staff in the early stages of its operation. He is a good reporter. He saw much and heard more of what was happening; his memory and impressions are vividly recorded. The story might be told in terms of a number of vivid personalities who saw the needs of this area and met the task with zeal and imagination. These pioneers caught the imagination of young theological students and graduates until today the staff numbers full time and part time ministers and lay workers and a large group of seminary and college students. The headlines of the story of the work of the Parish tell of social action taken to new attitudes on the part of the police toward the youth of the community; to west from landlords better earn of tenement properties; to win better hospital , to make a constructive approach to the problems of drug addiction; to turn gang a peaceful channels, and to enlist the community for effective political action. Even more for reaching was the personal influence of the leaders of the Parish the friends they made, the quiet effective communication of the Gospel by what they were and by what they ill as well as by what they said. Ignored in this account is extraordinary moral and financial support from denominational Boards, to the tune of $524,000 a year compared with their $12,000 budget in . They are in the forefront of the denominations to adopt an aggressive approach .

Pub Date: April 25th, 1962
Publisher: Harper