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Christians and the Color LineRace and Religion after Divided by Faith$
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J. Russell Hawkins and Philip Luke Sinitiere

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199329502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199329502.001.0001

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Worshipping to Stay the Same: Avoiding the Local to Maintain Solidarity

Worshipping to Stay the Same: Avoiding the Local to Maintain Solidarity

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Christians and the Color Line

Mark T. Mulder

Oxford University Press

Surveying the worship practices of churches, this chapter exposits a year-long study of congregational worship services, concluding that the racially isolated nature of American churches (both evangelical and nonevangelical) is unintentionally encouraged by an overriding desire to avoid potential conflicts on Sunday mornings. The homogeneity of American churches is reinforced not only by the substance of worship services but also by the patterns of those gatherings. This chapter suggests that churches interested in becoming racially diverse must pay attention to the unarticulated desire for corporate unity that undergirds most worship services.

Keywords:   Christian worship, congregational life, racial diversity, multiracial churches, multiracial congregations

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