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Thursday, April 14, 2011
News Flash: Black churches like to sing
This article from the UMC just popped up on my blog feed: Study shows how black churches use music. Has some good things in it, but is also pretty awkward on a couple different levels.
Brings up some questions:
How do we gather information in order to better serve a demographic, without oversimplifying or homogenizing? How do celebrate various traditions without over stating how different we actually are (example from article: oral and rote traditions, which are used in white non-denom mega-churches nation-wide)? How do we acknowledge cultural differences without stereotyping or categorizing?
Do some of the characterizations here come across weird, or am I being hypersensitive?
See what you think. Discuss.