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Question of faith: Why are so few U.S. churches racially integrated?
In his book Stride to Freedom, civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, "It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o'clock on Sunday morning." Time magazine asks, "Can megachurches bridge the racial divide?" CNN polled its viewers last year and found that most congregations across the United States worship with people of the same race. In his book United by Faith, Curtis Paul DeYoung says that only 5 percent of the churches in America are integrated.
As we reflect on King's legacy and celebrate his birth, we ask why this segregation exists.
■ Anthony Everett, associate director for African American Ministries, Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church: With current demographics, Dr. King's quote is accurate for most critiques about the existing racial divide in the church reflected in Sunday morning worship.
The issue of integration reflects how society continues to evade the sin of racism. Too often we want to simply not see "color" and make believe that justice is equitable.
The reality is that integration by assimilation does not work.
Instead of dealing with the conditions of immigrants and refugees, black men and boys, the homeless, the poor, women and others, our society turns a blind eye and often attacks the victims.
While the dropout and incarceration rate for black males in distressed communities is alarming, violence against women and homosexuals is on the increase; immigrants and refugees have little sense of community; and the provision of homes for the homeless are issues to which we have become desensitized, even in Lexington.
Our state legislators waste time debating the benefits of detaining and deporting non-violent immigrants in the commonwealth, an issue that Christians have warrant to oppose.
Because of the pain and suffering we inflict on each other as a result of not dealing with these issues, it is much easier for us to segregate into separate corners and hide ourselves from the presence of the Lord God, like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
When we address the issues of marginalized, ethnic people in America in the same way that we address the issues of the dominant culture, then we will genuinely and authentically celebrate together at eleven o'clock on Sunday as one people in the glory of God.
■ Kory Wilcoxson, Crestwood Christian Church, Lexington: "Racial separation of our congregations on Sunday is a deep-seated one that has been fed by things like the misuse of Scripture to justify slavery and the conflict during the civil-rights movement. But not all the reasons are nefarious.
"Traditionally, the two groups have been separated by styles of worship (as are many all-white Protestant congregations).
"Instead of focusing solely on Sunday morning worship, churches can find other times to come together with churches different from them (racially, sociologically, theologically) to partner together in ministry.
"The more we learn about each other, the more comfortable we feel singing each other's hymns and holding each other's hands in prayer, the less different we seem."
■ Myron Williams, Southland Christian Church, Lexington: "Over the years of ministry, I have worked in congregations which were racially integrated and those which maintained some racial segregation.
"Those congregations that were racially integrated seemed to attract people whose culture and worship style preferences were similar and whose congregational members were committed to racial reconciliation.
"In the New Testament, congregations tried to be racially diverse (Ephesus especially) and discovered racial tension that had to be worked out.
"What does seem to matter is unity of beliefs and unity of spirit, with reconciliation of people to God and one another as a key component.
"Is racially integrated worship a goal to be reached for or achieved? I'd rather think reconciliation of people to God and to one another is far more important, not that they necessarily worship together.
"The strength of Christianity is the diversity of the groups who follow Jesus. One congregation worships with hymns and another with praise choruses; one with outward expressions of emotion and another with staid formalism, yet they are united in a common faith.
"Do we need racial reconciliation? Absolutely, for that is the pattern for people who follow Jesus."Answer Question
Answer by Shelii at 12:39 PM on Jan. 15, 2011
Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:43 PM on Jan. 15, 2011
hm. i've visited some churches that have all blacks with a sprinkle of whites, and vise versa. but the church i attend and grew up in have all different races, white, black, Latino, filipino, ect. we even have interacial marriages, and "mixed" children. honestly, until i visited some churches in my later years, it's all i knew. i thought all churches were like that
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