“A Season of Prayer and Corporate Repentance”

Stephen R. Haynes

in The Last Segregated Hour

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195395051
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979288 | DOI:
“A Season of Prayer and Corporate Repentance”

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This chapter describes the origins and development of Memphis's Independent Presbyterian Church, which emerged in 1965 from the kneel-in crisis at Second Presbyterian with leaders determined to ensure that members and visitors would be “compatible with the congregation.” The chapter describes the development of this congregation during the 1970s and 80s into a vibrant church with an increasing number of younger families unfamiliar with the church's origins. It tells the story of an ill-fated pastorate in which it was revealed that the ghost of racism still haunted the church, and the church's response to this revelation, which has included embarking on a “season of prayer and corporate repentance.”

Keywords: Independent Presbyterian Church; John Sartelle; John Hardie; Presbyterian Church in America

Chapter.  8284 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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