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A post-racial church for the next generation


Can a church become post-racial?” Efrem Smith tackles this question over at Theooze.TV:

The embedded video is a preview. Watch the full video at Theooze.TV, and see the discussion already going at the comment thread there.

Also see this response to this video was posted at the Storrs Community Church blog (the church is located in Storrs, Connecticut):

… My immediate response to seeing the question, “Can the church become post-racial?”, was one of frustration that we are bandying about the wrong word and at the wrong time, when every well-being statistic you can look at across the country shows extreme white privilege and a sizable racial/ethnic gap. This is not by chance. It shows up in almost every category. And its a direct result of slavery and our policy making and community building that favored Whites over anyone else. It’s most likely not intentional racism from anyone nowadays, but racial inequity nonetheless.

… The church is not separate from culture, but quite collusive historically. Hence, we see similar inequities within. We’re not talking about overt, Jim Crow racism (i.e., race relations), but rather the scaffolding in our communities, however unseen to some/many.

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One response to “A post-racial church for the next generation

  1. I’m more optimistic about effective white-black integration in the church than Asian-American and Latino-American.

    Ethnic-specific ministries have existed for years because of language and cultural groupings. While proponents of a multi-racial churches say that language is no longer an issue for the Americanized Asian-Americans, I find that culture still is. While we all speak English, will we find a true multi-ethnic church that “speaks” Asian-American? Can these churches help to minister and understand those who have endured “Where are you really from?” and “You speak English very well!”

    Media has saturated us with knowledge of the white American and (to a lesser extent) African-American culture and experiences. Because of this, maybe whites can integrate with blacks to a certain extent. But to truly minister to Asian-Americans and Latino-Americans, they must make a commitment to contextualizing the gospel the way ethnic-specific churches automatically do.

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