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White Greeters Only Requested by Church Because 'First Impressions Matter'

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White Greeters Only Requested by Church Because 'First Impressions Matter'

by Julie Ryan Evans

white only greetersUnbelievable pretty much sums up an email sent by a pastor of a North Carolina church who recently asked that only white people be allowed to act as greeters at the front doors. According to UPI, Pastor Makeda Pennycooke stated that "first impressions matter," and that Freedom House Church wants "the best of the best on the front doors."

"So we would like to ask that only white people be on the front doors."

Is your mouth hanging open, aghast at this blatant racism? Mine still is. Now, it should be noted that Pennycooke is black, and her directive was an attempt to "bring our racial demographic pendulum back to mid-line," but still. There's really nothing that could make this request even remotely okay, no matter who made it.

It's racism plain and simple, no matter what color the pastor's skin, and how incredibly offensive to all members of that church. Carmen Thomas, who previously belonged to the church for two years, quit after seeing the email from the pastor. She told WBTV that she's appalled that someone would try to use deception to bring people to church.

You don't put icing on a chocolate and think that you're eating vanilla. It doesn't make sense. You still know it's chocolate. You still know you're eating a chocolate cake.

Pennycooke and other church officials have since apologized, calling it a lapse in judgment. They told the station, "The pastors have been meeting with staff and church members to confirm their commitment to diversity and to ensure nothing like this happens again." 

At least they realize it was wrong, but nothing can change the fact that it was put out there. I can't imagine attending a church led by someone who has expressed such ugliness.

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What do you think of this pastor's request?

by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Replies (31-40):
KiKi-Love
by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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I often don't agree with the pastors believes. This is ridiculous, it's 2013 for crying out loud!
As long as we divide ourselves, we shall remain divided.
AllofFive19
by Bronze Member on Sep. 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Well they sure made first impressions matter, even though they apologized, my first impression is this is a church I would never step foot into my entire life.

SherryBerry106
by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 12:54 PM

 

I'm comfortable.

It is simply a matter of commonallity.

People naturally gravitate to people that are like them.

We talk about the same things, same experiences.

You seem like a very nice person, I'd probably like you just fine.

We probably simply don't have much in common.

Quoting LNLMommy:

are you not comfortable about black people? I understand if you don't want to answer..I'm just inquiring

Quoting SherryBerry106:

Yes
Quoting LNLMommy:

Interesting..so if you go in and see more black faces than whites-would you leave?

Quoting SherryBerry106:

I don't like the deception part, if you are going to go inside and it be black, then the white greeter is false advertising.





 

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Sep. 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Good Lord. That's all I've got. 

kaylamom2004
by Bronze Member on Sep. 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

 Because I don't see why it's such a big deal. It IS a church & they can do as they please. Seeing as how it wasn't a white pastor who instructed this ... what's all the big todo about?

Hell, I actually like that it IS a mixed race church (something you don't see a lot of these days)


Quoting romalove:


Quoting kaylamom2004:

So?

Why did you respond this way?

Because you're not surprised?

Because you think it's acceptable?

Because you think they are right that whites make a better first impression?

Or because you think it's their right as a religious institution to do whatever they want?

I'm not bashing, just trying to understand your point of view.


 

Thelmama
by Bronze Member on Sep. 4, 2013 at 12:58 PM

That is disgusting.  We have any race etc as greeters, ushers, in the choir, deacons etc in our church. There are no race requirements.   That is so messed up on so many levels.  

SherryBerry106
by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 12:59 PM

 

 

Quoting romalove:


Quoting SherryBerry106:

Yes
Quoting LNLMommy:

Interesting..so if you go in and see more black faces than whites-would you leave?

Quoting SherryBerry106:

I don't like the deception part, if you are going to go inside and it be black, then the white greeter is false advertising.



I admire your honesty, if not your stance.

Question:  what is the difference between a black church and a white church if both are the same denomination?  I'm curious why the color of the people in the church would matter to you.

See answer to LNL.

Commonality,  it is sorta moot, since I haven't been in a great while.

It's not just a service, it's fellowship afterwards, the large groups will probably talk about subjsects, I am not well versed in or interested in.

I know who tyler perry is (I think) but I have no interest in talking about him.

Also wouldn't stay if everyone was a different age than me, make sense?

 

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Sep. 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Good Lord. That's all I've got. 

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Sep. 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM
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One of the best worship experiences I ever had was in a small rural church in Georgia when I was visiting there 15 or so years ago. The congregation was mostly  black, but that sort of thing doesn't scare me the way it does some people. It was such a refreshing experience because it was so unlike anything I was used to at my home church. Those people new how to praise the Lord! I couldn't help but dance and bounce around while I sang the worship songs, just like everyone else. If I ever acted like that in my home church, the people would think I was either nuts or disrespectful (or both). 

It's one of those experiences I've treasured all this time. But not all white people are able to move outside their comfort zones and miss out on a lot of positive experiences. Thankfully, I'm not one of them. ;)

Quoting LNLMommy:

aww man..this is my home state..LOL.. but it's true. Sunday mornings are the most segregated times in the South due to white churches and black churches. I'm glad my church is truly multicultural. 

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Not surprised, it's North Carolina.  Sad, but not surprised.  There is still a lot of racism in the South.



LNLMommy
by Queen K on Sep. 4, 2013 at 1:29 PM
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I lived in a tiny Georgia town my junior year of high school with my sis and bil. We would attend service at this Southern Baptist church that was mostly white and the service  was very stiff to me. When I got to my now church and  saw people of every color praising and worshipping, it's just really inspiring to me. I love praise and worship time!

Quoting cjsbmom:

One of the best worship experiences I ever had was in a small rural church in Georgia when I was visiting there 15 or so years ago. The congregation was mostly  black, but that sort of thing doesn't scare me the way it does some people. It was such a refreshing experience because it was so unlike anything I was used to at my home church. Those people new how to praise the Lord! I couldn't help but dance and bounce around while I sang the worship songs, just like everyone else. If I ever acted like that in my home church, the people would think I was either nuts or disrespectful (or both). 

It's one of those experiences I've treasured all this time. But not all white people are able to move outside their comfort zones and miss out on a lot of positive experiences. Thankfully, I'm not one of them. ;)

Quoting LNLMommy:

aww man..this is my home state..LOL.. but it's true. Sunday mornings are the most segregated times in the South due to white churches and black churches. I'm glad my church is truly multicultural. 

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Not surprised, it's North Carolina.  Sad, but not surprised.  There is still a lot of racism in the South.




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