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The ground has shifted : the future of the Black church in post-racial America

Author: Walter E Fluker
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2016] ©2016
Series: Religion, race, and ethnicity.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"If we are in a post-racial era, then what is the future of the Black Church? If the U.S. will at some time in the future be free from discrimination and prejudices that are based on race how will that affect the church's very identity? In The Ground Has Shifted, Walter Earl Fluker passionately and thoroughly discusses the historical and current role of the black church and argues that the older race-based language  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter E Fluker
ISBN: 9781479810383 147981038X
OCLC Number: 946161127
Notes: Included index.
Description: xi, 313 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I. Memory : remembering our story. From Frogbottom to a bucket of blood --
Haunted houses : Black churches and the ghost of post-racialism --
Cultural hauntings : Black church leadership and Barack Obama --
Part II. Vision : retelling our story. Turning from dilemma to diaspora --
Turning from exodus to exile --
Turning from the frying pan to the fire --
Just above our heads : a meditation from the middle --
Part III. Mission : reliving our story. Returning to the little house where we lived and made do --
Cultural asylums and the jungles they planted in them --
Waking up the dead.
Series Title: Religion, race, and ethnicity.
Responsibility: Walter Earl Fluker.

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"If we are in a post-racial era, then what is the future of the Black Church? If the U.S. will at some time in the future be free from discrimination and prejudices that are based on race how will that affect the church's very identity? In The Ground Has Shifted, Walter Earl Fluker passionately and thoroughly discusses the historical and current role of the black church and argues that the older race-based language and metaphors of religious discourse have outlived their utility. He offers instead a larger, global vision for the black church that focuses on young black men and other disenfranchised groups who have been left behind in a world of globalized capital. Lyrically written with an emphasis on the dynamic and fluid movement of life itself, Fluker argues that the church must find new ways to use race as an emancipatory instrument if it is to remain central in black life, and he points the way for a new generation of church leaders, scholars and activists to reclaim the black church's historical identity and to turn to the task of infusing character, civility, and a sense of community among its congregants."--Publisher's description.
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"Fluker's book is thoroughly interesting as he studies the history and present of the black church... Fluker brings us a work for today's church and a charge to connect that church to the world Read more...

 
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