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The Elusive DreamThe Power of Race in Interracial Churches$
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Korie L. Edwards

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314243

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314243.001.0001

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 Bringing Race to the Center

 Bringing Race to the Center

Extrareligious Activities

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(p.39) 2 Bringing Race to the Center
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The Elusive Dream
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Korie L. Edwards (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314243.003.0003

This chapter investigates interracial churches' participation in extra‐religious activities, paying particular attention to the ways in which they address issues of race and racial inequality. Findings suggest that interracial churches are no more or less inclined to participate in political, community, or race‐related activities than white churches. And they are less likely than black churches to participate in activities that have been shown to be racially salient, namely race or ethnicity focused activities and political activities. Furthermore, when interracial churches do participate in these kinds of activities, they are marginal to church life and avoid addressing the structural consequences of race.

Keywords:   African‐American church, community activism, extra‐religious activities, interracial church, political participation, politics, race, race‐related activities, racial issues, social activities, white church

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