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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.


What do you think of this pastor's request?

by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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by A.Ham on Sep. 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM

I'm baffled that, in a house of worship, race would matter so much.

by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 9:08 PM
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 I can definitely understand what this Pastor was trying to accomplish.  He wants more white people to come to their have more of an even mixture of different peoples.  His desire is wonderful, but his plan wasn't very well thought out.  The Pastor made a mistake, plain and simple, and an apology was given.  I see no reason to start calling him a racist.  Good Grief,  that crap never stops!!  We had a "black" church where I used to live and it was an awesome place to go worship.  I had no problem going there, and neither did a lot of white people.  It was a pretty even mix of people.  I also lived in No. Carolina when I was in the Marine Corps, and I was shocked at some of the things I saw there.  It seemed decades away from life on the West Coast.  In a way, that state made me feel like I'd gone back in time.  No offense is intended to anyone from No. Carolina though.  It's a beautiful state...but just a wee bit old fashioned I suppose.

by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 9:32 PM


Quoting sweet-a-kins:


Quoting tanyainmizzou:

I went to a black service once.  I wasn't comfortable because of the style of the service.   I grew up in a very High Anglican style Episcopalian church and the music and clapping and dance just threw me for a loop.


I felt totally out of place there because I crossed myself in front of the altar waiting for communion.  And then communion was grape juice and bread.  Totally not what I believe to be the correct thing.


It was just too noisy and busy for me.

 This is not all black churches,

I have been to  a few churches and have never been given grape juice and bread...sounds ...weird to me

 I have been to Lutheran churches, Methodist churches and a Congregational Church ( where I was married)  that had grape juice and crackers at communion. I have only been to one church that serves wine. I really don't think it is that important.

by Teflon Don on Sep. 4, 2013 at 9:53 PM

What an asshat.

by Ruby Member on Sep. 4, 2013 at 9:54 PM

laughingNo surprise there, sadly.

Quoting SherryBerry106:

Quoting LNLMommy: 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.

by Bella on Sep. 4, 2013 at 10:02 PM


by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:28 AM

wow.....I'm speechless  

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