Challenged by racism in white churches, black churches endure but with competition

www.christianpost.com | 2/11/2019 | Staff
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The Rev. Cheryl J. Sanders (L), professor of Christian Ethics at the Howard University School of Divinity and senior pastor of the Third Street Church of God in Washington, D.C., believes black churches will no longer be necessary if racism is conquered.

The Rev. Cheryl J. Sanders was studied and direct. “The black church will no longer be needed when the white church puts away its racism. But I haven’t seen that yet,” she said.

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Sanders, a professor of Christian Ethics at Howard University School of Divinity and senior pastor of Third Street Church of God in Washington, D.C., was responding to The Christian Post Thursday about what the black church should be doing today to better serve adherents.

“I think the black church should be trying to nurture black people to thrive and flourish in the present and in the future. I don’t see that as a work that occurs in isolation from the rest of Christianity but there has to be a place where black people can go where they will be accepted in a holistic way,” she said.

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While the black church serves “an irreplaceable role in terms of a spiritual center,” Sanders and other black church historians, like Dennis C. Dickerson, the James M. Lawson Jr. professor of History at Vanderbilt University, agree that its hold on the black community has faced competition from white churches and other organizations but racism remains a challenge.

“We live in a society now, where at least legally, African Americans have access to everything and anything they want, including where to live, where to shop, where to congregate, where to seek entertainment, where to pursue their education. And so in view of the fact that people have so many other choices, whereas in a former era, the choices were more limited, the church is still...
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