Yet With A Steady Beat: The African American Struggle for Recognition in the Episcopal Church

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The Episcopal Church was the first in the American colonies to baptize blacks, to ordain a black minister, and to establish an African American congregation. Yet membership by blacks in the Episcopal Church has always been viewed as an anomaly. In a nation in which 80 percent of the black Christian population belong to black denominations, it has seemed incongruous to many that the descendants of slaves and the descendants of slaveholders could together find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church. Moreover, the mode of religious expression of Anglicanism has been seen as incompatible with the black religious ethos.Attempts to explain this phenomenon frequently dismiss black Episcopalians as social climbers, and their authenticity as African Americans, and even as Christians, is called into question. Yet With a Steady Best, however, argues that blacks have remained in the Episcopal Church because they have recognized it as catholic and therefore inclusive institution. For two hundred years blacks have challenged the church to be true to its catholic claims and have used this principle as a basis for their demands for recognition. This book chronicles the “steady beat” of that challenge.Harold T. Lewis, former staff officer for Black Ministries at the Episcopal Church Center in New York, is a parish priest in the Diocese of Long Island, Professor of Homiletics at the George Mercer School of Theology, and Adjunct Professor of Preaching at New York Theological Seminary.

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Harold T. Lewis, former staff officer for Black Ministries at the Episcopal Church Center in New York, is a parish priest in the Diocese of Long Island, Professor of Homiletics at the George Mercer School of Theology, and Adjunct Professor of Preaching at New York Theological Seminary.

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"brilliant, carefully researched..."—Historiographer (Historiographer)

"A gracefully written, amply researched, thoroughly compelling analysis of the efforts of African Americans to secure a place within Anglicanism in the United states. Harold Lewis's book is an outstanding example of the new American religious historiography, which studies groups and individuals who have traditionally been consigned to the margins of their society. He provides essential and needed information that not only expands the historical perspective of Episcopalians of all races but also enables them to look more critically at their church's claim to be inclusive." — Anglican Theological Review (Anglican Theological Review)

"The student including the common reader, can expect to learn much about the African American experience in our history and should be prepared to have many misunderstandings challenged and corrected... an important book. Every Episcopalian should read it and be faced with the challenge to respond to the ultimate missionary opportunity, putting the church's catholic principles of love and universal brotherhood into action." — Episcopal Life (Episcopal Life)

"Harold Lewis has produced a compelling, personal, and timely account of the ‘struggle for recognition' of African-Americans in the Episcopal Church. Lewis's direct honesty throughout has merit and importance for his case...a coherent, thoroughly researched, and well-argued account. It suggests further research at several important points and should receive thoughtful reading in diverse circles." —Church History (Church History)

"[Lewis's] book is a scholarly, carefully documented history of the participation of blacks in the Episcopal Church..." —Diolog (Dabney A. Hart Diolog - Diocese Of Atlanta)

"[Lewis's] book is a scholarly, carefully documented history of the participation of blacks in the Episcopal Church..." —Diolog (Sanford Lakoff Diolog - Diocese Of Atlanta)

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