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Urban Church ImaginedReligion, Race, and Authenticity in the City$
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Jessica M. Barron and Rhys Williams

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479877669

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479877669.001.0001

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Race, Church, City

Race, Church, City

(p.1) Introduction Race, Church, City
Urban Church Imagined

Jessica M. Barron

Rhys H. Williams

NYU Press

The introduction first introduces Downtown Church, and presents some of the history of white Evangelical Protestantism and its efforts to engage urban America. Connected to this association with cities is the difficult relationship white Evangelical Protestantism has had with race. Recent efforts by some evangelical leaders have resulted in the Evangelical Racial Change Movement, an attempt at integration of church congregations and racial reconciliation. Downtown Church, while striving to be diverse, has not directly engaged this movement. An in-depth explanation of the methods used in this study to understand the Downtown Church congregation is discussed. The chapter concludes with a presentation and definition of the three main analytic concepts in the book: racialized urban imaginary, managed diversity, and racial utility.

Keywords:   Evangelical Protestantism, Evangelical Racial Change Movement, urban imaginary, racial utility, managed diversity

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