United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation As an Answer to the Problem of Race

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In the last four decades, desegregation has revolutionized almost every aspect of life in the United States: schools, businesses, government offices, even entertainment. But there is one area that remains largely untouched, and that is the church. Now comes a major new call for multiracial congregations in every possible setting -- a call that is surprisingly controversial, even in the twenty-first century. In United By Faith, a multiracial team of sociologists and a minister of the Church of God argue that ...
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Overview

In the last four decades, desegregation has revolutionized almost every aspect of life in the United States: schools, businesses, government offices, even entertainment. But there is one area that remains largely untouched, and that is the church. Now comes a major new call for multiracial congregations in every possible setting -- a call that is surprisingly controversial, even in the twenty-first century. In United By Faith, a multiracial team of sociologists and a minister of the Church of God argue that multiracial Christian congregations offer a key to opening the still-locked door between the races in the United States. They explore the long history of interracialism in the church, with specific examples of multiracial congregations in the United States. Faith can be the basis for healing, but too often Christian faith has been a field for injury and division. In this important new book, readers will glimpse a way forward, a path toward once again making the church the basis for racial reconciliation in our still-splintered nation.
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"Groundbreaking in establishing the moral and ethical basis for multiracial churches. It is truly prophetic in asserting that to be the church of Jesus Christ, the American church needs a multiracial movement." --Religious Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195152159
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Curtiss Paul DeYoung is an Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies at Bethel College, St. Paul, MN, and an ordained minister in the Church of God (Anderson, IN). Michael O. Emerson is Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, and is the co-author of Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America. George Yancey is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Texas. Karen Chai Kim is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: Divided or United by Faith? 1
I Biblical Antecedents for Multiracial Congregations
1. A House of Prayer for All the Nations 9
2. Congregations in the Early Church 21
II Multiracial Congregations in the United States
3. Congregations and the Color Line (1600-1940) 41
4. The Emergence of Multiracial Congregations (1940-2000) 62
5. A Closer Look at Four Multiracial Congregations 75
III Rationales for and Responses to the Racial Segregation of Congregations
6. Rejecting the White Man's Religion 99
7. Separate but Equal 113
8. Arguing the Case for Multiracial Congregations 128
IV Developing Multiracial Congregations in the Twenty-first Century
9. The Truth of the Gospel 147
10. The Promise and the Challenges of Multiracial Congregations 162
Epilogue: The Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race 181
Notes 187
Bibliography 201
Index 213
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