Race in the US: The Church and Racial Reconciliation (2 of 3)
The mistaken assumptions that we live in a post-racial era and that we have overcome segregation makes the task of racial reconciliation and multiculturalism difficult. In order to heal race relations and promote unity in the church, the church must acknowledge our racial differences, embrace them and learn how to live together. The speakers also share how their personal pilgrimages led them to dedicate their lives and ministries toward this goal.
Michael Emerson (Ph.D., Sociology, 1991, University of North Carolina) teaches courses in race and ethnic relations, religion, urban sociology, poverty and justice, and research methods at Rice University. Emerson’s recent research interests include race in shaping social action in the United States, focusing on health, residential segregation, and on the institution of religion. Publications in this area include Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America (Oxford University Press, 2000), named the 2001 Distinguished Book of the Year by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, People of the Dream: Multiracial Congregations in the United States (Princeton University Press, 2006). Emerson currently directs the Panel Study of American Religion and Ethnicity (PS-ARE), and is the co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Other areas of research interest include urban growth, development, inequality, and urban life.