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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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The Diversity List

The Diversity List

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Urban Church Imagined

Jessica M. Barron

Rhys H. Williams

NYU Press

Another part of the urban imaginary is the assumption that cities are full of diverse people. Racial diversity is, for many, part of the urban culture to be consumed—a new and valued experience. And racial and cultural diversity is a feature of Downtown Church valued by many of the congregants. This diversity, however, also has potential downsides, at least for the church leadership. They do not want Downtown Church perceived as a “black church,” nor do they want diversity to actually threaten the authority of the all-white leadership teams. Thus, “managed diversity,” as a set of organizational practices, becomes a practical response.

Keywords:   racial diversity, managed diversity, organizational practices, urban culture

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