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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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Knotted Together: Identity and Community in a Multiracial Church

Knotted Together: Identity and Community in a Multiracial Church

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(p.205) 9 Knotted Together: Identity and Community in a Multiracial Church
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Christians and the Color Line
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Erica Ryu Wong

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199329502.003.0010

This chapter argues that it is possible for multiracial congregations to exist without significant cross-racial interaction among church members. It suggests that for a multiracial church to reap the full benefits of its diversity, the cross-racial relationships within the congregation must be nurtured and encouraged. Without intentionality in the organizational vision and leadership style of multiracial churches, multiracial congregations can reproduce racial isolation rather than bridging racial divides.

Keywords:   multiracial congregations, multiracial churches, organizational structure, individualism, cross-racialism, friendship

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