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

Paperback | February 8, 2005

byCurtiss Paul Deyoung, Michael O. Emerson, George Yancey

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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 multiracialcongregations 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 note, however, that a belief persists--even in African-American andLatino churches--that racial segregation is an acceptable, even useful practice. The authors examine this question from biblical, historical, and theological perspectives to make their case. They explore the long history of interracialism in the church, with specific examples of multiracialcongregations in the United States. They cite examples ranging from the abolitionist movement to an astonishing 1897 camp meeting in Alabama that brought together hundreds of whites and blacks literally into the same tent. Here, too, is a critical account of the theological arguments in favor ofracial separation, as voiced in the African-American, Latino, Asian-American, Native-American, and white contexts. The authors respond in detail, closing with a foundation for a theology suited to sustaining multiracial congregations over time. 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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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 multiracialcongregations in every possible setting--a c...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 0.79 inPublished:February 8, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Finally, we have a reasoned and hopeful response to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s oft-quoted indictment of Christianity in America, that 'eleven o'clock is America's most segregated hour'; a clear and powerful articulation of Jesus' vision of the church as a 'house of prayer for all nations,'projecting a compelling vision for the North American church in the 21st century--racially inclusive, culturally diverse, fully invested in the principle and practice of Christian unity. Together with its companion volume, Divided by Faith, United by Faith demonstrates how Christians can enhanceour witness to the world by rejecting racism and modeling reconciliation in our own congregations." --Cheryl J. Sanders, Professor of Christian Ethics, Howard University School of Divinity, and Senior Pastor of the Third Street Church of God, Washington, D.C.