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United by FaithThe Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race$
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Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Michael O. Emerson, George Yancey, and Karen Chai Kim

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195152159

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152159.001.0001

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The Emergence of Multiracial Congregations (1940–2000)

The Emergence of Multiracial Congregations (1940–2000)

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United by Faith

Curtiss Paul DeYoung

Oxford University Press

Howard Thurman, who played a significant role in racial reconciliation in the United States during the period between the 1940s and the 1970s, was included in the group of African American religious leaders who journeyed to India for a pilgrimage in 1935. One of the most important highlights of this trip involved a conversation with Mohandas Gandhi regarding race relations in the United States and how even in the church, the color bar still had influence and power. Thurman then realized that the color bar was honored in the Christian religion. This chapter explores some of the efforts and experimentations made to integrate gradually racial reconciliation and multiracial congregations, with Howard Thurman's insights being used as a starting point.

Keywords:   Howard Thurman, Mohandas Gandhi, color bar, church, Christian religion, racial reconciliation, multiracial congregations

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