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Mighty Like a RiverThe Black Church and Social Reform$
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Andrew Billingsley

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161793

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161793.001.0001

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One More River to Cross: The Black Church Faces the Future

One More River to Cross: The Black Church Faces the Future

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Mighty Like a River

Andrew Billingsley

Oxford University Press

This chapter elaborates the conception of the future role of the black church as agent of social reform. Rivers carry strong symbolism in African American culture. Black churches will be called upon to play expanded roles in welfare reform. The chapter describes the Bethel A.M.E. Church, newly under the leadership of the Rev. Ronald Brailsiord; the Bible Way Church, under the leadership of the Rev. Darrell Jackson, whose father was founder of the church; and the Brookland Baptist Church, under the longtime leadership of Dr. Charles B. Jackson Sr. These three churches consistently act on the view that only by paying careful and creative attention to the youth of the church and community can they ensure the viability of both the church and the community in the years ahead.

Keywords:   black church, social reform, African American culture, Bethel A.M.E Church, Bible Way Church, Brookland Baptist Church

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