Towards Liturgies that Reconcile: Race and Ritual among African-American and European-American Protestants (Hardback) book cover

Towards Liturgies that Reconcile

Race and Ritual among African-American and European-American Protestants

By Scott Haldeman

© 2007 – Routledge

196 pages

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Towards Liturgies that Reconcile reflects upon Christian worship as it is shaped, and mis-shaped, by human prejudice, specifically by racism. African Americans and European Americans have lived together for 400 years on the continent of North America, but they have done so as slave and master, outsider and insider, oppressed and oppressor. Scott Haldeman traces the development of Protestant worship among whites and blacks, showing that the following exist in tension: African American and European American Protestant liturgical traditions are both interdependent and distinct; and that multicultural communities must both understand and celebrate the uniqueness of various member groups while also accepting the risk and possibility of praying themselves into an integrated body, one new culture.


’… this book provides an excellent discussion of a much neglected dimension of American religion and race relations and thus deserves a wide readership across disciplines.’ Journal of Contemporary Religion ’Haldeman guides us through a vast field of complexities with knowledge and skill…’ Anaphora ’This volume makes an excellent contribution to forging this renewed vision, and deserves a wide readership among both Catholics and Protestants.’ Worship

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Liturgical theology in context; 'Once you were no people…now you are God's people': an analytical narrative of the construction of African-American Protestant liturgical traditions; 'Cities on hills': an analytical narrative of the construction of European-American Protestant liturgical traditions; Barriers built, barriers broken: the intersection of African-American and European-American liturgical traditions; 'Discerning the body': US racism, Protestant worship, and sacramental theology; Notes to text; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Scott Haldeman is Assistant Professor of Worship at Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Founding convener of the African American Liturgical Traditions Seminar of the North American Academy of Liturgy, he studies worship traditions in U.S. Protestantism too often neglected by scholars in order to sketch a truer portrait of the diversity of worship among the churches, both historically and today. His publications include "American Racism and the Promise of Pentecost" in Liturgy: No Longer Strangers 14:4 (Washington, DC: The Liturgical Conference), 34-50.

About the Series

Liturgy, Worship and Society Series

The Liturgy, Worship and Society series provides a library of innovative scholarship in liturgical studies at a time of vital changes in liturgical life and vigorous debates in academia. The series highlights contemporary work in liturgical studies, attuned both to traditional scholarly inquiry and to recent and emerging questions. In particular, the series is committed to exploring the relationship between liturgical life in Christian churches worldwide and the broader cultural and social contexts in which worship takes place. By offering a thorough grounding in the historical and theological foundations of liturgy as well as determined attention to contemporary developments and concerns, the Liturgy, Worship and Society series is set to make a vital contribution not only to scholarship in liturgical studies but also to the practice of Christian worship in the world today.

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RELIGION / General