Thursday, July 10, 2008

Religion And Race

A friend of mine said something that I have been unable to forget.  He said, "the most segregated day in the western world is Sunday."  When I thought about it,  I had to agree that he is right.  On Sunday Christians go off to church for fellowship and sharing.  What we don't focus on is the fact that we do so separately. Whites go to their church and blacks go to theirs.  I am very interested in hearing more about how race interacts with religion. I have a favour to ask readers.  Please send me an e-mail and let me know your thoughts about this, or how race has impacted how you practice or don't practice your religion.  I will be using your answers to put together a piece that I intend to write on the subject. No names will be revealed.  Thanks, Renee


Ebony Intuition said...

This is very true.

bluelinchpin said...

These are my thoughts on the matter, as well as the thoughts of two people I respect. :)

Sandalstraps said...


I know you asked for an email, and I'll probably send you one eventually, but for the time being I thought I'd follow bluelinchpin's lead and link to posts I've already written that touch on the subject.

The first was written shortly after the manufactured scandal involving Rev, Jeremiah Wright broke:

Of Roosting Chickens

Here are a few posts I wrote about the theology of black liberation theologian James Cone, a huge influence on me:

Please Help Me Chew This

Response to Cone's Theological Defense of Violence in the Name of Black Power

More on Cone and "Revolutionary Violence"

Reflections on "Black" and "White" in Cone

Here is a post on another hugely influential black theologian, J. Deotis Roberts.

Liberation and Reconciliation Held Together by Roberts

Here is a post reflecting on a passage from Timothy Tyson's Blood Done Sign My Name, placing a story from it in dialogue with my own story as well as stories from friends of mine who were white Methodist ministers in the south during the Civil Rights movement:

Bas Ass Methodist Preacher Story Forces Some Reflection

Because I'm a former minister turned graduate student studying religion and hoping to one day be a professor of religion, my blog is full of posts circling around the intersection of race and religion. These are the posts I found most quickly, though, alas, they aren't particularly autobiographical.

My church is a multicultural urban church with probably a 65% white population, a 20% or so black population, and a mixture of other minorities making up the rest (the percentages are only rough estimates). If it weren't for the diversity found in this church, and the accompanying acceptance of and love for all people, I don't think I would be a Christian anymore. I just couldn't stomach segregated Sunday mornings any longer.

DiosaNegra1967 said...

just sent you a "novel" on my religious musings...