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Beyond the Binary

Danielle Brune Sigler

in Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195149180
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835386 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195149181.003.0009
Beyond the Binary

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This essay examines the construction of alternate racial identities within American religious organizations. It focuses on Father Divine and Daddy Grace, men generally considered “black” by U.S. society, who strove to create multi-racial congregations. Within his Peace Mission, Divine and his followers eschewed any type of racial designation. Grace turned to the United House of Prayer for All People to help assert his own alternate identity as a “white” man from Portugal and to create a place of worship literally for “all people” regardless of race, nationality, or ethnicity.

Keywords: Father Divine; Daddy Grace; Peace Mission; United House of Prayer for All People; multi-racial congregations

Chapter.  8311 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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