Worship across the Racial Divide:
Religious Music and the Multiracial Church
Oxford University Press. In press, expected 2012.
"This book will surprise many readers." -- From the Introduction
Church leaders believe worship is key to congregational diversity, and the demand for music that appeals across racial and ethnic cultures has prompted great speculation.
But misguided worship practices based on faulty racial assumptions accentuate rather than relieve the pervasive racial tensions.
Through stories and vignettes from a wide variety of Protestant multiracial churches and interviews with over 170 of their members – including church leaders, church musicians, and regular attendees – Marti's book moves away from assumption and speculation to examine how music and worship actually ‘works’ in diverse congregations.
The book provides an intriguing lens for how race continues to affect religion, even when religion attempts to overcome it.