Religion: A Gift for the Neighborhood

Washington's Episcopal Church of St. Stephen and the Incarnation is in the narrow, racially mixed belt that separates Washington's black ghetto from its white community. Just north of the 1968 riot area, the tall, brown brick church has been engulfed by urban redevelopment. Last week the parishioners of St. Stephen and the Incarnation voted overwhelmingly (137-2) to do some urban developing of their own. They will give the three church lots—1.28 acres, valued at $300,000—as the core for a new "urban village."

Other churches have given away property or sold it for token prices, but most have then moved to the suburbs....

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