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"Listening to the Voices of the Ancestors on Why Sunday Morning is Still the Most Segregated Hour of the Week" is a historical account of the roots of racism in the American church. What makes this book unique is the use of narratives of ex-slaves giving voice to their own experiences during that peculiar institution, African slavery. Here they tell their own stories, the oral traditions, written down and therefore passed down from generation to generation. These voices tell us about our history and educate us on how African-Americans then and now, have been unjustly maligned and discriminated against in the Name of Jesus. Why the slave narratives? Because out of all the voices being heard across the nation calling for racial reconciliation today, the President, church leaders, activist and politicians; no one has taken the time to listen to those who can explain it best; the ones who lived it out – the voices of our ancestors. These voices from the past are used in this work to inform us about the problems of the present. And although we have heard the voices of the well-educated, well-indoctrinated, and the well-informed, the most important voices have long been silenced and ignored, making their use in this book of enormous importance for they were the people who suffered the offense firsthand - and they can help us understand the continued problem of racial segregation in the church. They represent a very important and overlooked ¬part of church history in America and its role in promoting slavery. It is a dark time in our past but one that needs to be brought to the forefront so that we can understand this unholy union of Christianity and slavery, and its resultant offspring of racism resulting in a segregated church even today. This work is vitally important to the health of the Body of Christ and the healing of the two races.
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