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“One Church: Separate But Not Equal”

“One Church: Separate But Not Equal”

Written by Kathy H. Culmer, DMin on

After the Civil War, white Episcopalians found themselves in a spiritual and ethical quandary as to what to do about freed slaves. Several issues faced them: 1) Reclaiming the masses of newly emancipated slaves who fled the church once they were declared “free;” 2) Training of black preachers...

The Religious Meaning of the Emancipation Proclamation

The Religious Meaning of the Emancipation Proclamation

Written by Kathy H. Culmer, Ph.D. on

W.E.B. Dubois observed in his history of the Reconstruction era that news of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation resulted in exuberant expressions of religious feelings among African Americans in the South. Beginning on January 1, 1863, with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation...

Multi-cultural or Multi-racial?

Multi-cultural or Multi-racial?

Written by The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart on

Multi-cultural, multi-racial, interracial, culturally diverse? These and other terms have been used in the attempt to describe congregations that have more than one race. Yet, a congregation can be multi-racial and not multi-cultural; the faces are different; however, worship can be seen as...

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