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Mighty Like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform

Andrew Billingsley

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195161793
eISBN:
9780199849512
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161793.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Throughout the history of the African American people there has been no stronger resource for overcoming adversity than the black church. From its role in leading a group of free Blacks to form a ... More


Twelve Gates to the City

Andrew Billingsley

in Mighty Like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195161793
eISBN:
9780199849512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161793.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter describes 12 great black urban churches with outstanding programs on a scale grand enough to make their cities more livable. That is, they have used their financial resources to ... More


Introduction: Looking for the Promised Land

Kathleen Garces-Foley

in Crossing the Ethnic Divide: The Multiethnic Church on a Mission

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195311082
eISBN:
9780199785322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311082.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This introductory chapter begins with an analysis of the readiness of American Christians for multiethnic churches, fifty years after the beginning of the civil rights movement. It then discusses the ... More


Gathering around the Table of Fellowship: Lake Street Church

Paul D. Numrich

in The Faith Next Door: American Christians and Their New Religious Neighbors

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195386219
eISBN:
9780199866731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386219.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Lake Street Church, officially affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA denomination, is “intentionally ambiguous” about its identity and draws only loose boundaries between Christians and ... More


First African Baptist Church, Richmond: Seedbed of Social Reform

Andrew Billingsley

in Mighty Like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195161793
eISBN:
9780199849512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161793.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Emancipation and Reconstruction were played out somewhat differently in Richmond than in Savannah, but no less dramatically. As the Confederates watched their world crumble, blacks in Richmond ... More


 For the Healing of the Nations

Kathleen Garces-Foley

in Crossing the Ethnic Divide: The Multiethnic Church on a Mission

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195311082
eISBN:
9780199785322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311082.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The study begins with the story of Evergreen Baptist Church and its transformation from a pan-Asian church into a multiethnic one. The factors that influenced the church's pastor, Ken Fong, to take ... More


If Tombstones Could Talk: The Evolution of the Black Church in Savannah

Andrew Billingsley

in Mighty Like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195161793
eISBN:
9780199849512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161793.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

A study of the historical evolution of the black church as agent of social reform could have no more authentic a setting than Savannah, Georgia. It is where the oldest continuous black congregation ... More


 Becoming a Multiethnic Church

Kathleen Garces-Foley

in Crossing the Ethnic Divide: The Multiethnic Church on a Mission

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195311082
eISBN:
9780199785322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311082.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores what it means to call a church “multiethnic”. It distinguishes the multiethnic church from other institutional forms that urban churches have developed to “manage” diversity by ... More


Southern Baptists

Larry A. Witham

in Who Shall Lead Them?: The Future of Ministry in America

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195315936
eISBN:
9780199851089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315936.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the clergy of the Southern Baptist Church in the United States. It discusses the controversy that followed the annual assembly of Southern Baptist pastors in Las Vegas, Nevada, ... More


An African Homeland?: African Institutions and Emigration in the 1780s and 1790s

James Sidbury

in Becoming African in America: Race and Nation in the Early Black Atlantic, 1760-1830

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195320107
eISBN:
9780199789009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320107.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter traces the rise of the African Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia, one of the early churches to describe itself as “African”, and the progenitor of black Baptist churches in Canada, ... More


General Sherman and the Black Church

Andrew Billingsley

in Mighty Like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195161793
eISBN:
9780199849512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161793.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses the contribution of General William T. Sherman to the black church. Gen. Sherman's brilliant and bloody march through Georgia and the Carolinas during the fall and winter of ... More


Alienation

Bridget Ford

in Bonds of Union: "Religion, Race, and Politics in a Civil War Borderland"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626222
eISBN:
9781469628028
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626222.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

By 1860, this chapter argues, white Ohioans and Kentuckians had articulated starkly different purposes for their religious organizations and laws. With Cincinnatians sometimes at the forefront and at ... More


 The Racial Reconciliation Movement

Kathleen Garces-Foley

in Crossing the Ethnic Divide: The Multiethnic Church on a Mission

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195311082
eISBN:
9780199785322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311082.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the theological foundations of the racial reconciliation movement, which has played an important role in Evergreen's development. After discussing the biblical basis of racial ... More


 The Multiethnic Church in Society

Kathleen Garces-Foley

in Crossing the Ethnic Divide: The Multiethnic Church on a Mission

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195311082
eISBN:
9780199785322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311082.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter speculates on the future development of multiethnic churches by looking at the factors that propelled Evergreen Baptist Church to its new identity. It is argued that the new Evergreen ... More


Surrounded

Richard Lischer

in The Preacher King: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Word that Moved America

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195111323
eISBN:
9780199853298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111323.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

In his “Autobiography of Religious Development,” written as an assignment at Crozer Seminary, the twenty-one-year-old M. L. King described his religious environment as a “universe,” a socially ... More


The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune

Tanis C. Thorne

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182989
eISBN:
9780199789030
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This is first biography of Jackson Barnett, the Native American who gained unexpected wealth from oil found on his property. The book explores how control of Barnett's fortune was violently contested ... More


 The Dividing Lines

Kathleen Garces-Foley

in Crossing the Ethnic Divide: The Multiethnic Church on a Mission

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195311082
eISBN:
9780199785322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311082.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter shifts the focus from Evergreen as an institution to Evergreen as a community of individuals. All churches have areas of tension, but multiethnic churches must also contend with ... More


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

Andrew Billingsley

in Mighty Like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195161793
eISBN:
9780199849512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161793.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

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 ... More


The Storm Is Passing Over: The Black Church in Perspective

Andrew Billingsley

in Mighty Like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195161793
eISBN:
9780199849512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161793.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The St. James Baptist Church was a warm and caring place that nurtured emotional and spiritual growth as well as latent talent in its members. There were sonic socially significant spinoffs to this ... More


 The Reconciliation Generation

Kathleen Garces-Foley

in Crossing the Ethnic Divide: The Multiethnic Church on a Mission

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195311082
eISBN:
9780199785322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311082.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores the role young adults are playing in the push toward multiethnic churches and the converging factors — both secular and religious — that have contributed to their diversity. ... More


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