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Christians and the Color LineRace and Religion after Divided by Faith$
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J. Russell Hawkins and Philip Luke Sinitiere

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199329502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199329502.001.0001

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“Buttcheek to Buttcheek in the Pew”: Interracial Relationalism in a Mennonite Congregation, 1957–2010

“Buttcheek to Buttcheek in the Pew”: Interracial Relationalism in a Mennonite Congregation, 1957–2010

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Tobin Miller Shearer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199329502.003.0005

This chapter provides a narrative analysis of one suburban Chicago Mennonite congregation’s historical struggle with issues of race. Mennonite cross-racial relationalism that marked this particular congregation actually fostered healthy interracial networks and provided a framework for identifying and critiquing systemic and structural sin. This chapter suggests that establishing and nurturing cross-racial relationships at the congregational level may ultimately yield a corporate response to the problem of race that transcends individualism.

Keywords:   race relations, Mennonites, Chicago, Illinois, racial justice, multiracial churches, multiracial congregations

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