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A Closer Look at Four Multiracial Congregations

Curtiss Paul DeYoung

in United by Faith

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780195152159
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849659 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152159.003.0006
A Closer Look at Four Multiracial Congregations

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September 23, 2001, marked an important event in the coexistence of different religious faiths as thousands of people of different race and religions gathered at Yankee Stadium in New York City to mourn and pray for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Among the members of the clergy that lead this multiracial event of prayer was a senior pastor from Riverside Church—which happens to be one of the most prominent multiracial congregations in the country. Multiracial congregations such as this church served as windows of opportunity for eliminating cultural misunderstandings and racial division since no racial group accounted for more than 80% of the congregation. This chapter looks into how four initially all-white churches have evolved into four of the most renowned multiracial congregations in the United States.

Keywords: religious faiths; race; religion; Riverside Church; multiracial congregations; racial division

Chapter.  8630 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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