Emerging church and race
I had an interesting conversation a couple of months ago. One of my friends had just gone to an emergent worship service with different prayer stations, candles, music, etc. She expressed to me how alienating she found this experience as a black woman and she asked me, what is the emergent church? My instinct was to describe it in church historical terms rather than theological terms… that is, I described it as a movement growing out of church historical developments in particularly white, north american church praxis.
Part of the problem was that the organizers of this service weren’t paying attention to racial implications of certain prayer stations, and it certainly would have been possible to make adjustments which would have cleared up the problem for her. Yet, we found it interesting that we don’t see similar movements within the back, latino/latina, asian, ect. churches. Or do we? Neither my friend nor I were aware of any.
With all the work being done to develop a theological framework, has anyone heard of an attempt to understand the movement along racial, socio-economic determinants? Might this be a better mode of analysis than the theological? Or at least as important?