Christians addressing racism in American society must begin with a frank assessment of how race figures in the churches themselves, leading activist Joseph Barndt argues. This practical and important volume extends the insights of Barndt's earlier, more general work to address the race situation in the churches and to equip people there to be agents for change in and beyond their church communities.
A hallmark of Barndt's analysis is his keen grasp of the deep yet checkered legacy that American church and church bodies inherit on this question. Yet Barndt also lifts up the ways in which their prophetic work has proved a catalyst for progress in American race relations, and he clearly shows why and how churches can inculcate an anti-racist commitment into their collective lives.
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"Becoming an Anti-Racist Church offers one the opportunity to comprehend and terminate racism in the church through self analysis and the discernment of God's intention for an inclusive church. The book includes practical ideas and a rich list of resources for those who are serious about institutional change."
-Sherman G. Hicks
Executive Director, Multicultural Ministries
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
"Barndt's new book provides an informed, incisive, and passionate analysis of the challenge racism poses to our collective ability to live out our faith. His title is explicit: this is an achievable objective for the Christian church of the twenty-first century. And Barndt provides here the theological, biblical, social, and historical underpinnings for this belief in accessible, persuasive language. This is a remarkable accomplishment considering Christian complicity in the structures and ideologies of racial oppression. People of faith who read this work will find both motivation and method to accomplish the task of building an anti-racist church."
-Victor M. Rodriguez
Professor and Former Chair of the Chicano and Latino Studies Department
California State University, Long Beach
Table of Contents
Introduction: Eleven O'Clock Sunday Morning 1
Setting the Biblical Context: Reclaiming an Anti-Racist Gospel 11
Part I The Past: Racism and Resisting Racism in Church History 23
A Tale of Two Churches 27
Racism in United States Church History 37
Resisting Racism in United States Church History 51
Racism and Resisting Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Church 67
Part II The Present: Racism in the Church Today 83
Race, Prejudice, and Power in the Church 87
Captive Christians in a Captive Church 101
Institutionalized Racism in the Church 115
Cultural Racism and the Multicultural Church 133
Part III The Future: Shaping an Anti-Racist Church 145
God's Call to Become an Anti-Racist Church 153
Getting It Done: The Organizing Task 169
Institutionalizing Anti-Racism in the Church 185
Additional Resources 207