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Worship across the Racial DivideReligious Music and the Multiracial Congregation$
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Gerardo Marti

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195392975

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195392975.001.0001

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Interracial Community through Multiracial Worship Practices

Interracial Community through Multiracial Worship Practices

(p.175) 8 Interracial Community through Multiracial Worship Practices
Worship across the Racial Divide

Gerardo Marti

Oxford University Press

This chapter culminates the book's overarching argument by demonstrating how interracial communities are shaped through multiracial worship practices. It is the structures of integration underlying the performance of worship music that foster racial and ethnic integration. The most important aspect of music in stimulating diversity is how music fosters places for participating in churches and opportunities to connect with others. To actualize music, people are needed, and the intentional incorporation and recruitment of diverse people creates the possibility of involvement and relationships that ensures diversity happening over time. The visual presence of diverse performers indicates the covert presence of underlying practices inherent to congregational worship that lead to a sense of togetherness and community. Rehearsals create relationships, and appreciation for performances encourages community. Aside from (and even in spite of) the varying beliefs of attenders and church leaders, diversity happens—even without the intention to diversify—because music and worship create practical spaces of interaction where cross-racial bonds are formed. There can be no precise formula for successful multiracial worship; instead, music and worship create spaces of interracial/inter-ethnic interaction as worship practices, both on and off the platform, effectively promoting cross-racial bonding in successfully multiracial churches.

Keywords:   worship, race, music, interaction, integration, relationship, community, diversity, rehearsals, performance

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