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Academic/Sociological Studies on Diversity in the Church
Several books have been published by Christian universities reporting on multi-year studies of sociological issues related to diversity in the church in America.

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Divided by Faith:
Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America
by Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith (Oxford University Press, 2001) is a challenging examination of the dynamics of race and reconciliation within the evangelical church. The authors make the case that individual repentence and friendships are not sufficient to address long-standing problems of racism. "As Stokely Carmichael and others have noted, when problems are at least in part structural, they must be addressed at least in part by structural solutions." More articles and books on this topic can be found at our page on reconciliation.
People of the Dream:
Multiracial Congregations in the United States

by Michael O. Emerson
Published by Princeton University Press
April 2006

This new book from Princeton University presents the findings of a seven year study to answer questions such as: How do racially mixed congregations come together? How are they sustained? Who attends them, how did they get there, and what are their experiences?
Walking With the Poor:
Principles and Practices of Transformational Development

by Bryant L. Myers
Orbis Books, 1999

I first read this book when I was on staff with an international development organization. It revolutionized our thinking, impacted our programs, and even changed the language we used to describe our work!

Bryant Meyers writes from his twenty-three years of experience working with the poor as an employee of World Vision. Although the author writes in a context of economic development, the principles of this book apply to every cross-cultural situation.

The book is a good introduction to the best Christian and scientific writing about cross-cultural ministry, based on Scriptural principles, and challenges our assumptions as it calls us to truly respect the strength and resourcefulness of the poor.

Divided by Faith :
Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

by Michael O. Emerson
and Christian Smith
Oxford University Press, 2000
Anthropological Insights for Missionaries
by Paul Hiebert
Baker Book House, 1987

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