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New Church Federation History Available at Indy Library

August 03, 2012

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Celebrating the release of Faith in the City during special ceremonies at Central Library were (left to right) contributing author James J. Divita, editor and Executive Director of the Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis Reverend Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith, managing editor David G. Vandersteel, Ph.D., and Indianapolis Public Library CEO Jackie Nytes.

A new book describing how churches in Indianapolis have worked together over the past 100 years despite their historic divisions to have a stronger voice of moral authority and impact in the community is available at The Indianapolis Public Library.

Faith in the City: The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis 1912 – 2012 explores how the Church Federation and its member churches addressed issues such as denominational relations, poverty, war, women's rights, race relations, school desegregation and others. The 256-page softcover collection of essays organized by themes and decades includes photos, index and appendices with other historical information.

Ceremonies celebrating the book's release were held on August 2 at Central Library.

Reverend Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith, Executive Director of the Church Federation, served as Director of the Federation's Centennial History Project and Editor of Faith in the City. Managing Editor was David. G. Vandersteel, Ph.D.

In addition to the book being available in the Library's collection, a special exhibit of photos from the book that traces the Church Federation's history continues throughout August at Central Library in the South Display Gallery. The exhibit is on display during regular Central Library hours and is free to the public. Other historical publications describing the Church Federation's organization and activities are available for viewing in the Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room on the sixth floor of Central Library.