The African-American and the LGBTIQ spiritual communities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in search of a prophetic and welcoming voice: a case study in music, liturgy, and worship

Full Title
The African-American and the LGBTIQ spiritual communities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in search of a prophetic and welcoming voice: a case study in music, liturgy, and worship
Author
William Thomas
Abstract
The African-American community and the gay, lesbian, bsexual, transgendered, intersexed, and questioning community of the Christian Church *Disciples of Christ) are often mutually wary. However two Christian communities that are both marginalized by mainstream Christianity further divide God's realm if they are distrustful of each other. To move from suspicion to agape love, each community must find common ground on which to begin to speak prophetically and compassionately to each other and the General Church. This project creates a worship service devoted to healing that was designed by members from both communities. Then by means of a questionnaire the project examines whether working together to create and execute this service had any impact on the theology of praxis of interaction between the two communities both from their respective viewpoints and from the viewpoint of the white heterosexual members who comprise the majority of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Finally it makes some inferences as a result of the project, offers some materials for further study and interaction along the way, and lists possible starting points from which decisive action may be taken.
Degree Granting Institution
Advisor
Lincoln E Galloway
Language
English
Date
2012
Number of Pages
103