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"George Yancey has written a remarkable book that makes a groundbreaking contribution. Drawing extensively on the first-ever national study of multiracial congregations, he uncovers seven main factors that these congregations have in common. He takes us through these commonalities, step by step, in an engaging and easy-to-read manner. Contained in the book is the very heart of what it takes to transform one's church into a multiracial congregation, and what it takes to develop together once a church is demographically multiracial." (Michael O. Emerson, R. A. Tsanoff Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology, Rice University, coauthor of Divided by Faith and United by Faith)

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading George Yancey's new book, One Body, One Spirit. I find this work to be extremely scholarly, helpful and inspiring. The book is a must for anyone interested in starting a multiracial ministry or concerned about race relations in the church. I have known George for a number of years and have seen his love for Christ and his dedication to the touchy issues of racial reconciliation. One Body, One Spirit will be a welcome resource for anyone who has made the courageous decision to go on this journey." (Kathy H. Dudley, Board Chair and Founder, Dallas Leadership Foundation)

"My heart soared with gratitude and renewed hope for the church's future as I read One Body, One Spirit. George Yancey's compelling call to build multiracial worshiping communities is healing, motivating and with the aid of his insights, realizable. This practical guide ushers us toward the heavenly worship that awaits." (Sundee Tucker Frazier, author of Check All That Apply: Finding Wholeness as a Multiracial Person)

"Dr. Yancey has provided a helpful volume for the church as it takes on the globalization of our communities. He provides much assistance in the 'how to' of the ministry of the church. One of the important areas that is extremely helpful is worship. Yancey's investigation has brought together numerous principles and illustrations on how best to develop the ministry of a multiethnic church. In the flow of things, it seems that he is deeply concerned that the multiethnic church not be an end in itself but a means to race reconciliation." (Dr. Manuel Ortiz, Professor of Mission and Urban Ministry, Westminster Theological Seminary, author of One New People)

About the Author

George Yancey (PhD, University of Texas) is professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, specializing in race/ethnicity, biracial families and anti-Christian bias. He is the author, coauthor or coeditor of books such as Compromising Scholarship: Religious and Political Bias in American Higher Education, Dehumanizing Christians: Cultural Competition in a Multicultural World, There Is No God: Atheists in America, Beyond Black and White, Beyond Racial Gridlock and Just Don't Marry One. He is working to start the first academic unit on a secular campus that focuses on research that serves Christians and Christian organizations.

Emerson is R. A. Tsanoff Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology at Rice University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830832262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830832262
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Beryl Banks on October 25, 2007
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George Yancey opens his book by reminding the reader that multiracial churches have existed throughout our countries history, and he proposes 7 principles of successful multiracial church leadership, which can alleviate "race fatigue" and lead to healthy sustainable churches in the future. The bulk of the book, chapters 5-12, is taken up with the proposing of 7 great principles of successful churches and unpacking the same. The principles are inclusive worship, diverse leadership, overarching goal, intentionality, location, personal skills, and adaptability. Yancey tackles the question of whether multiracial churches should exist by dispelling two formidable arguments from the church growth and cultural pluralism paradigms. As one author interviewed explains, "there are a lot of people in (urban cities) who will not believe in a message that is spiritual if it does not express itself in a global, holistic way." Despite the overwhelming biblical evidence presented for the planting and revitalization of churches to be multiracial, Yancey makes it clear that monoracial churches are not a "sin", in and of itself, saying, "Some churches do not have an opportunity to create racial diversity because there is not racial diversity in the community around the church." Yancey makes a marvelous point that the tendency of some to accept colorblindness as an aspect of anti-racism, are in effect discounting the very real racial alienation that exists in our society; hence, are injuring people of color similarily to how white flight injures by insult. That is "colorblindness" as an ideology implies ethnicity and culture do not matter, which is an insult.Read more ›
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I am a student of Dr. Yancey taking A Sociology of Religion in Society class. His lectures are the only thing that can beat his books. It is wonderful to be able to read his books knowing his inflection and voice.
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Although almost intuitive, Dr. Yancey's study of multiracial churches confirms the nature of racially (and culturally) inclusive congregations. I have taken his 7 Principles and used a slightly modified version to describe multicultural churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, as well as to set goals for churches aspiring to be be multicultural. Dr. Yancey is also a good presenter. Very practical, very concrete, highly readable.
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