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Epilogue: The Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race

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/9780195152159.003.0012
Epilogue: The Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race

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Eldin Villafañe, a theologian, associated the role of the church in today's racialized society with Latin Jazz as the latter fuses two different types of music to form a whole new genre, in a similar way to the idea that the church needs to fuse differences to make a whole. This last chapter looks back at the life and message of Jesus of Nazareth and how this represents his effort to find peace and a place of worship for all nations. The chapter briefly goes over the history of Christian congregations and observes that only few have served as venues for racial Shalom. Because of racial division, uniracial congregations have been established across the United States. Today, however, there is a worldview that would help initiate the establishment of multiracial congregations. Lastly, this book has tried to identify the possible outcomes and challenges that such endeavors may encounter, and how the need arises for innovative congregations for an improved Christian multiracial community.

Keywords: Jesus; multiracial congregation; uniracial congrgation; Christian community; church; racial division

Chapter.  2132 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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