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Reviving the spirit : a generation of African Americans goes home to church

Author: Beverly Hall Lawrence
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Recently, many newspaper and magazine stories have focused on the return of young African Americans to the nation's 65,000 black churches; the Washington Post called it "a movement sweeping middle-class black congregations." In part, this shift parallels a trend in the majority population that has found baby boomers increasingly interested in spirituality. But while the new spirituality may account for part of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Beverly Hall Lawrence
ISBN: 0802115624 9780802115621 0802134998 9780802134998
OCLC Number: 33166320
Description: 184 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: In the Beginning: A Prologue --
Lost in the Promised Land: The First Chapter --
The Homing Signal: The Second Chapter --
Somebody Ought to Say Amen: The Third Chapter --
Prodigal Children: The Fourth Chapter --
Fishers of Men: The Fifth Chapter --
Onward Christian Soldiers: The Sixth Chapter --
Revelations: An Epilogue.
Responsibility: Beverly Hall Lawrence.

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"Recently, many newspaper and magazine stories have focused on the return of young African Americans to the nation's 65,000 black churches; the Washington Post called it "a movement sweeping middle-class black congregations." In part, this shift parallels a trend in the majority population that has found baby boomers increasingly interested in spirituality. But while the new spirituality may account for part of the revival of interest among blacks, something even more dramatic is going on. African Americans are not just returning to the church in search of divine salvation; they are returning to the only American institution they truly control, in the hope of reviving its role as a command center and strategic outpost for social change and renewal." "The church continues to emit a powerful "homing signal" for African Americans who were raised in it but who wandered away in the years following the civil rights movement in the sixties. It is a power base, a place to congregate and align in large numbers, a battle station for economic and political reform, and a sanctuary for traditional African American culture. For many blacks with children, the church is a community and educational center, a source of strong ethical and moral values. For some it presents an opportunity to return to communities and people who were abandoned along the road to "bourgeois" affluence; for others it offers an extended family and a plain old great place to socialize."--BOOK JACKET.

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