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

by Robert M. Franklin. Fortress Press, 1997.
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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 | http://robertmfranklin.com/blog.html}}.”