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6 years, 11 months ago 0

Divided by Faith, Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith (Oxford University Press, 2001) Divided by Faith by Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith has an ingenious, troubling argument. “[E]vangelicals desire to end racial division and inequality, and attempt to think and act accordingly. But, in the process, they likely do more to perpetuate the racial divide than they do to tear it down.” Emerson and Smith, who conducted 2,000 telephone surveys and 200 face-to-face interviews in preparing this book, argue that evangelicals […]

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Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical’s Inside View of White Christianity, Edward Gilbreath (Ed. Urban Ministries & Christianity Today) Journalist Edward Gilbreath gives an insightful, honest picture of both the history and the present state of racial reconciliation in evangelical churches. He looks at a wide range of figures, such as Howard O. Jones, Tom Skinner, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesse Jackson and John Perkins. Charting progress as well as setbacks, his words offer encouragement for black evangelicals feeling alone, […]

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Jesus and the Disinherited, Howard Thurman (d.81 Dean Marsh Chapel Boston Univ., Chair H. Thurman Ed. Trust) In this classic theological treatise, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman (1900-1981), the first black dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University and cofounder of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, California, the first inter-racially copastored church in America, demonstrates how the Gospel may be read as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. […]

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Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness, John L. Jackson, Jr. (Perry Prof. of Comm. & Anthrop. Univ. of Penn.) In this era of political correctness, racism has became more subtle and perhaps more subversively dangerous than ever before. So argues Jackson in this thought-provoking, scholarly examination of the ambiguous sense of racial distrust that infects both blacks and whites in contemporary America. Terming the new reality of race in mainstream America racial paranoia, he analyzes the origins, the […]

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Originally posted by NPR on August 28, 2009 Pastor Lincoln Bingham’s predominantly black church – St. Paul Missionary Baptist — was bursting at the seams. And Pastor Mark Payton’s mostly white church — Shively Heights Baptist — was worried about its longtime viability because of an older congregation. So the two pastors did something few black and white churches have ever done: merge. Pastors Payton and Bingham talk about their newly unified congregation and their first integrated Sunday service. Black […]

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From the World Council of Churches Central Committee, Geneva, Switzerland  26 August – 3 September 2002 Racism as a concern of the ecumenical movement goes back to the World Missionary Conference, in Edinburgh 1910, where explicit references were made to racism. A special programmatic focus on the issue of racism dates from 1968, thirty-four years ago, when the IVth assembly of the WCC set its face decidedly against the scourge of racism and thus gave impetus to the creation of […]

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Overcoming racism and the need to focus attention on the life and dignity of its victims has been a major World Council of Churches concern for several decades. Regrettably, new forms of racism constantly emerge and racial violence is on the rise. In a series of articles, the WCC challenges the churches to address racism in their own structures and life, and draws on their work and experience in this struggle. www.oikoumene.org

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June 2007 WHEREAS, March 6, 2007, marked the 150th anniversary of the infamous Dred Scott Decision by the United States Supreme Court; and WHEREAS, The majority opinion of the Court concluded that people of African ancestry and their descendants “had no rights which the white man was bound to respect” and ruled that an entire race of people did not have personhood nor right of citizenship; and WHEREAS, We affirm the Declaration of Independence which says, “we hold these truths to […]

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June 1996 WHEREAS, In the past 18 months there have been at least 30 arson-blamed first at African-American churches; and WHEREAS, The desecration and destruction of churches is a particularly heinous form of hatred; and WHEREAS, Violence against churches risks crippling one of society’s most effective institutions for mediation and reconciliation; and WHEREAS, Racial bigotry in all its forms is absolutely contrary to the tenets of biblical Christianity; and WHEREAS, Attacks against any church constitute an attack against the entire believing […]

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June 1995 WHEREAS, Since its founding in 1845, the Southern Baptist Convention has been an effective instrument of God in missions, evangelism, and social ministry; and WHEREAS, The Scriptures teach that Eve is the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20), and that God shows no partiality, but in every nation whoever fears him and works righteousness is accepted by him (Acts 10:34-35), and that God has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on the face of the […]

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