This week on Interfaith Voices:

Are American Congregations Getting Any Less Segregated?

In 1960, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called Sunday at 11 a.m. the most segregated hour in America. Has the country since then made any progress toward integration in the pews? Our guest has studied the data, which shows that it has. But still — nearly 90 percent of American houses of worship are overwhelmingly of one race or another. We find out among which denominations the biggest strides have been made, and what circumstances make diversity within a congregation more likely.

Kevin Dougherty, Associate Professor of Sociology at Baylor University and author of The Changing Complexion of American Congregations

 

A Church of Many Colors

The Rev. Dr. David Anderson has accomplished what many pastors find nearly impossible – to build a congregation where people of many races and ethnicities worship shoulder to shoulder. Anderson, who pastors Bridgeway Community Church on two campuses outside of Baltimore, is also a consultant on building diversity within churches, and spreads his message through his radio program, RealTalk with Dr. David Anderson. We spoke to Anderson about how Bridgeway’s approach to worship make it a comfortable place for black, white, Asian and other congregants.

David Anderson, senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, and host of “RealTalk with Dr. David Anderson.”

 

Fostering Diversity Within Mosques

Muslims are one of the most racially and ethnically diverse religious groups in the country — large groups of Arabs, South Asians, African-Americans and others all find a religious home within Islam. But individual mosques tend not to be as diverse as the American Muslim community as a whole. We talk to an advocate for more inclusive mosques, where Muslims — no matter their race, ethnicity or gender — feel welcomed. We ask about the landscape of American mosques, and concrete steps their leaders have taken to bridge divides among the faithful.

Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. You can read the study discussed in this story, “Reimagining Muslim Spaces,” here. 

PODCAST EXTRA: Muslim ARC

 

Muslim ARC (Anti-Racism Collaborative) is a faith-based human rights education organization that steps into places of worship, workplaces, and other communities looking to design and carry out an anti-racism plan of their own. We sat down with one of the co-founders to learn more about what Muslim ARC does.

Namira Islam, co-founder and Executive Director of Muslim ARC

ON Interfaith Voices | February 12, 2019 | 12:00 pm

America’s Most Segregated Hour

This week on Interfaith Voices:

Are American Congregations Getting Any Less Segregated?

In 1960, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called Sunday at 11 a.m. the most segregated hour in America. Has the country since then made any progress toward integration in the pews? Our guest has studied the data, which shows that it has. But still — nearly 90 percent of American houses of worship are overwhelmingly of one race or another. We find out among which denominations the biggest strides have been made, and what circumstances make diversity within a congregation more likely.

Kevin Dougherty, Associate Professor of Sociology at Baylor University and author of The Changing Complexion of American Congregations

 

A Church of Many Colors

The Rev. Dr. David Anderson has accomplished what many pastors find nearly impossible – to build a congregation where people of many races and ethnicities worship shoulder to shoulder. Anderson, who pastors Bridgeway Community Church on two campuses outside of Baltimore, is also a consultant on building diversity within churches, and spreads his message through his radio program, RealTalk with Dr. David Anderson. We spoke to Anderson about how Bridgeway’s approach to worship make it a comfortable place for black, white, Asian and other congregants.

David Anderson, senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, and host of “RealTalk with Dr. David Anderson.”

 

Fostering Diversity Within Mosques

Muslims are one of the most racially and ethnically diverse religious groups in the country — large groups of Arabs, South Asians, African-Americans and others all find a religious home within Islam. But individual mosques tend not to be as diverse as the American Muslim community as a whole. We talk to an advocate for more inclusive mosques, where Muslims — no matter their race, ethnicity or gender — feel welcomed. We ask about the landscape of American mosques, and concrete steps their leaders have taken to bridge divides among the faithful.

Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. You can read the study discussed in this story, “Reimagining Muslim Spaces,” here. 

PODCAST EXTRA: Muslim ARC

 

Muslim ARC (Anti-Racism Collaborative) is a faith-based human rights education organization that steps into places of worship, workplaces, and other communities looking to design and carry out an anti-racism plan of their own. We sat down with one of the co-founders to learn more about what Muslim ARC does.

Namira Islam, co-founder and Executive Director of Muslim ARC

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