Worship across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Congregation

Hardcover | January 3, 2012

byGerardo Marti

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Many scholars and church leaders believe that music and worship style are essential in stimulating diversity in congregations. Gerardo Marti draws on interviews with more than 170 congregational leaders and parishioners, as well as his experiences participating in worship services in a widevariety of Protestant, multiracial Southern Californian churches, to present this insightful study of the role of music in creating congregational diversity. Worship across the Racial Divide offers a surprising conclusion: that there is no single style of worship or music that determines the likelihood of achieving a multiracial church. Far more important are the complex of practices of the worshipping community in the production and absorption of music.Multiracial churches successfully diversify by stimulating unobtrusive means of interracial and interethnic relations; in fact, preparation for music apart from worship gatherings proves to be just as important as its performance during services. Marti shows that aside from and even in spite of thevarying beliefs of attendees and church leaders, diversity happens because music and worship create practical spaces where cross-racial bonds are formed. This groundbreaking book sheds light on how race affects worship in multiracial churches. It will allow a new understanding of the dynamics of such churches, and provide crucial aid to church leaders for avoiding the pitfalls that inadvertently widen the racial divide.

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Many scholars and church leaders believe that music and worship style are essential in stimulating diversity in congregations. Gerardo Marti draws on interviews with more than 170 congregational leaders and parishioners, as well as his experiences participating in worship services in a widevariety of Protestant, multiracial Southern Ca...

L. Richardson King is Associate Professor of Sociology at Davidson College. Author of: A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church and Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity, and Ambition in a Los Angeles Church.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 3, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195392973

ISBN - 13:9780195392975

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction: The Dream of Diversity and the Dilemma of MusicPart I Confronting Popular Notions at the Intersection of Race and Worship2. Popular Beliefs about Worship in Multiracial Churches3. African Americans as the Icon of "True Worship"Part II Worship Experience and Music Selection in Multiracial Churches4. The Nave Experience of Worship in Multiracial Churches5. The Challenge of Leading Multiracial WorshipPart III Negotiating Race and Achieving Congregational Diversity6. Variety and Intentionality in the Design of Multiracial Worship7. "Have You Seen Our Gospel Choir?" Conspicuous Color in Multiracial Worship8. Interracial Community through Multiracial Worship PracticesConclusion Mystical Worship and the Reality of PracticeAppendix: Research MethodologyNotesBibliographyIndex