Racial Diversity in a Changing Harlem Congregation


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Video. 8:32. Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, July 10, 2015.

Hearing the story of a congregation that has undertaken a major change can be a helpful starting point for thinking about your own congregation. Over the past ten years, First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York has undergone considerable change, alongside significant growth. Pastor Michael Walrond addresses the changes in this video, along with a number of church members. The changes at First Corinthian coincide with demographic changes in the neighborhood, and reflect a new, racially diverse local community. For a historically black congregation to become increasingly integrated in this way is an inspiring demonstration of conviction, as the members of this church seek to live into their mission to “…love beyond the limits of (their) prejudices.” Congregations seeking to understand and address culture change as it relates to racial diversity and inclusion may find this short film from PBS instructive and encouraging.

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