Another Day’s Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis

by Robert M. Franklin. Fortress Press, 1997.

Readers passionate about the role of religion in society, faith formation, worship, men’s ministry, and youth ministry will find this 1997 book focused on African-American congregations relevant and applicable. For example, Franklin identifies five forms of political-theological orientation in the Black church: pragmatic accommodationists, prophetic radicals, redemptive nationalists, grassroots revivalists, and positive-thought materialists (p. 51). He notes how socioeconomic status might shape a group’s political activism as much as racial identity. Franklin encourages “identifying theological common ground” to mobilize ecumenical and interfaith coalitions “for poverty alleviation, racial reconciliation, and religious tolerance” (p. 52). Franklin, a public theologian and social ethicist, earned an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is ordained in the American Baptist Churches USA and Church of God in Christ. Dr. Franklin blogs at “{{Frankly Speaking |}}.”