Worship across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Congregation

Worship across the Racial Divide Religious Music and the Multiracial Congregation Many scholars and church leaders believe that music and worship style are essential in stimulating diversity in congregations Gerardo Marti draws on interviews with than congregational leaders and

  • Title: Worship across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Congregation
  • Author: Gerardo Marti
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Many scholars and church leaders believe that music and worship style are essential in stimulating diversity in congregations Gerardo Marti draws on interviews with than 170 congregational leaders and parishioners, as well as his experiences participating in worship services in a wide variety of Protestant, multiracial Southern Californian churches, to present this iMany scholars and church leaders believe that music and worship style are essential in stimulating diversity in congregations Gerardo Marti draws on interviews with than 170 congregational leaders and parishioners, as well as his experiences participating in worship services in a wide variety of Protestant, multiracial Southern Californian churches, to present this insightful study of the role of music in creating congregational diversity Worship across the Racial Divide offers a surprising conclusion that there is no single style of worship or music that determines the likelihood of achieving a multiracial church Far important are the complex of practices of the worshipping community in the production and absorption of music Multiracial churches successfully diversify by stimulating unobtrusive means of interracial and interethnic relations in fact, preparation for music apart from worship gatherings proves to be just as important as its performance during services Marti shows that aside from and even in spite of the varying beliefs of attendees and church leaders, diversity happens because music and worship create practical spaces where cross racial bonds are formed This groundbreaking book sheds light on how race affects worship in multiracial churches It will allow a new understanding of the dynamics of such churches, and provide crucial aid to church leaders for avoiding the pitfalls that inadvertently widen the racial divide.

    One thought on “Worship across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Congregation”

    1. I’m very glad I read this book. The author does a good job of sharing his research and raising questions about the implications of what he is studying. In a time when so many congregations are asking how to be more multicultural this book that actually studies some congregations raises important and thoughtful questions. This book will accompany me as I think about our work around the church. No easy answers, but he certainly helped focus my attention.

    2. This book was given to me by the First Reads. Thanks!Firstly, I have to say that I can't judge the content of this book because I know NOTHING about the topic! I'm not religious, I don't attend church and I'm not very interested in music (other then playing two instruments casually). However, I can judge how well written it is and other parts of the book :-)1. The book is really well made. The font and the layout is easy to read and the cover is really nice. 2. It is obviously really well resea [...]

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