A recent survey reveals the how effective Black people think the church is right now.
When Dr. King came to Waterloo, IA, none of the Black churches were willing to host him—so a Presbyterian congregation on the wyt side of town hosted him: it has been said there was too much fear of repercussions, justified fear I would say.
I don’t think this was limited to Waterloo. I’m wondering how this has impacted how Black Churches engage today? How safe does it feel to name effective groups/individuals?
I also wonder about a certain ethos I’ve heard in Black churches that goes something like, “What’s going on outside these doors is wearying and troublesome, but we’re leaving that outside: these hours we will focus on worship and praise and thanksgiving that once again God saw fit to wake us up this morning…...”
Just thinking about it…. I recognize there are many layers of complexity, most of which are not fully accessible to me and some of which, not at all.
Do you believe that the results are applicable to the Deep South? Pew has an impeccable reputation but the results are jarring.