This work examines the ongoing perceptions and ill-conceived notions of both Black and White Christians, as it relates to tradition and familial worship habits, the understanding of sacred and secular domains, and the role that color and culture play in the separation of religious worshippers. I Shall Not Be Moved challenges the reader to examine the issue presented based upon a biblical mandate for unity and love within the body of Christ. Taking into consideration today's multiethnic, multiracial, and otherwise diverse national demographics the church still exists primarily along the color and cultural divide. This divide is deeply rooted in American religious history, culture, and tradition. Ultimately, the question Professor Terriel R. Byrd seeks to answer in this work is: Does this separation hinder the Christian teachings of inclusion and unity?
Terriel R. Byrd is Associate Professor of Religion and director of Urban Ministries Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has more than eighteen years' experience as a senior pastor and has served as campus minister at two universities in Ohio.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Emergence of the Church and its Place in American Society Chapter 3 The Role of the Black Church in a Fragmented Society Chapter 4 The American Family, Church Tradition and Theology Chapter 5 Sacred, Secular, or Merely Sinful Chapter 6 The High Cost of Reconciliation Chapter 7 The Fanciful Interplay of Color and Culture Chapter 9 The 21st Century Church: A Covenant Community Chapter 10 Changed Attitudes: Transformed Church Chapter 11 A Final Word on the Theology of Integration Part 12 Group Discussion Questions Part 13 Bibliography Part 14 Index