Civil rights leaders of fifty years ago fought hard to overturn the "separate but equal" Jim Crow laws. America has come a long way since the 60's.
Our public facilities, parks, pools, and educational facilities - once segregated - are now filled with a variety of ethnic groups enjoying the benefits of togetherness. Yet, our churches remain separate but equal. In a time of great progress, why does the church remain relatively unmoved?
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United will explore the importance of pursuing diversity in the church by sharing the author's unique experiences growing up in the south and attending a predominately white church. She champions the theology of diversity throughout the book through the Scriptures providing compelling reasons to pursue diversity.
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Trillia will also weave in story describing her friendship with two women of different ethnicities. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, Introduction It has often been said that Sunday morning is the most segregated time of the week in America.
Review of United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity
Homogeneity is even more prominent in Reformed circles. During my graduate studies I attended a Reformed church for the first time, and I was one of only three non-white members. The wider evangelical world has focused on issues of ethnic diversity and reconciliation for some time, with prominent white and non-white voices. Overview In United , Trillia invites us along on her journey of faith and of discovering a Christocentric vision for diversity.
Having experienced racism and reverse racism early on in life, as well as having heard stories of the civil rights movement, a desire to one day see unity was formed in Trillia from a young age. After becoming a Christian in her early twenties, Trillia soon came to understand that her identity was not primarily in being a black female, but it was in Christ. This is not to say that her new identity in Christ erased the obvious cultural and physical differences between her and her brothers and sisters at her predominantly white church; she was different, and the differences were sometimes clearly felt; but she realized that she was also the same in Christ.
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Trillia makes it clear that what makes diversity both possible and beautiful is that Jesus Christ died for every nation, tribe, and tongue and does not discriminate based on ethnicity when it comes to salvation. She also provides a short introduction to a biblical theology of race as well as practical suggestions for pursuing diversity.
What I am after as I share the beauty of diversity in the church is one thing and one thing only: the glory of God. Seeing the importance of diversity in Scripture should make us want to explore how we can emulate this today. Conclusion In United , Trillia Newbell paints a Christocentric, gospel-centered vision for ethnic diversity in the church.
Through sharing her personal story, Trillia invites us both into the pain of being different as well as the joys of sameness in Christ; she shows through her life the great gains to be discovered in pursuing ethnic diversity. Through it all, the glory of God and the gospel of Christ are at the center.
However, I still highly recommend this book for all in the Church, especially for those in the Reformed camp. There is a dearth of books from the Reformed world on this topic, but there are a few. What is completely missing is a female voice in general, including an African American female voice specifically. As an African American woman, Trillia offers a unique perspective on the topic of ethnic diversity from the Reformed perspective.
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