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

Gerardo Marti


Church leaders believe worship is key to congregational diversity, and the demand for music that appeals across racial and ethnic cultures has prompted great speculation producing fights amid values, assumptions, theological convictions, and cherished practices. But misguided worship practices based on faulty racial assumptions are dangerous in that they can accentuate rather than relieve the pervasive racial tensions in American Christianity. Drawing on twelve successfully multiracial churches from a wide variety of Protestant traditions and interviews with over 170 of their members—including ... More

Keywords: race, religion, multiracial, worship, music, church, congregation, diversity, ethnicity, multiethnic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195392975
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195392975.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerardo Marti, author
Davidson College