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Seeking Racial Reconciliation and Justice in Multiracial, Evangelical Churches of Washington, DC

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dc.contributor.advisor Gopin, Mark
dc.contributor.author Grant, Anna Laura
dc.creator Grant, Anna Laura
dc.date 2018-05-04
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-19T21:11:50Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-19T21:11:50Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/11435
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores how multiracial churches in Washington, DC engage in racial reconciliation and justice within their congregations and local community. The Christian faith has been used justify racism and oppression throughout the history of the USA. Furthermore, continued levels of segregation in churches and problematic understandings of race and reconciliation complicate the possibility for religious racial reconciliation. Washington, DC provides the ideal setting for investigating these challenges. Four pastors of multiracial churches within the city were interviewed in-depth. The three major findings included a process and theory of reconciliation, the understanding that faith can be expressed as justice in a place, and the framework that diverse community is essential for true faith. The theory of reconciliation includes an awareness of harm, lament, confession/apology/repentance, reparations, forgiveness, and transformation. The implications for churches include implementing acts of reparations, confronting White cultural normativity, and centering of marginalized voices as essential to reconciliation. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject racial reconciliation en_US
dc.subject Evangelical Christian en_US
dc.subject reparations en_US
dc.subject racial justice en_US
dc.subject Washington, DC en_US
dc.subject multiracial churches en_US
dc.title Seeking Racial Reconciliation and Justice in Multiracial, Evangelical Churches of Washington, DC en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en_US


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