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The Covenant with Black America is a national plan of action to address the primary concerns of African Americans today -- from health to housing, from crime to criminal justice, from education to economic parity.
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These included (in order of most congregations to least): the United Methodist Church (UMC), the Roman Catholic Church, the Assemblies of God, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Episcopal Church, the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, the United Church of Christ, the Seventh-day Adventists, the Disciples of Christ, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, the Presbyterian Church in America, and the Reformed Church in America.
The 2017 Consultation facilitated both the collection and dissemination of racial justice strategies, while catalyzing the face-to-face “truth telling” that has characterized previous meetings and that continues to be so essential to confronting and redressing persistent inequality. The historically black denominations, in partnership with majority white denominations, are uniquely suited for this work. With nationally organized institutional structures connecting countless local churches, these denominations are pipelines to millions of voices of hope and despair, victory and struggle in communities all across the country. Our churches are also places where inter-generational dialogue about the history and future of racial justice struggle can take place most powerfully, as new forms of activism emerge amidst older ones. Finally, since the challenges we face are not only sociological and political, but psychological and spiritual, the relevance of the churches as places of living, working theology should become evident.
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Brauer did not include the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), America’s largest Protestant denomination, in the denominational section of his estimate, because Baptist congregations can be accidentally counted more than once due to affiliation with multiple denominations. The SBC’s latest Annual Church Profile tallied 47,200 churches, which could mean there are more SBC churches than Brauer’s largest included denomination, the UMC, which has 35,700 churches.
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An estimated 30,000 congregations shut their doors in the United States from 2006 to 2012. Yet a recent study finds good news for churches overall—including the lowest closure rate of any American institution.
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Brauer lumped together the remaining 161,000 congregations into a fourth category, which included all denominations that are historically difficult to accurately count—notably Baptist congregations as well as African American ones. Black congregations often go underrepresented due to nonresponse bias on surveys (one study found that in-person interviews lead to higher response rates), while Spanish-speaking and rural churches are also often missed in congregation counts.
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Gathered for Such a Time as This
In 2015, The Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC), representing eight Historic African American denominations in the USA and the African Diaspora, came together with representatives from national churches of other racial and ethnic backgrounds to engage in honest and thoughtful dialogue, corporate worship and fellowship, and support of collective ministry efforts in Charleston, South Carolina.
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The oldest and most pervasive challenge we face is that of bias. In the United States the primordial racial bias manifested as the institution of slavery itself. That bias now manifests perniciously as the systematic inequalities and indignities that black people face in practically every area of life. African Americans and other minorities remain disproportionately poor, incarcerated, under-educated, unemployed, lacking adequate health care, and subject to violence, including violence perpetrated by the state under the pretense of policing. Poor and working class white people face vulnerabilities that lead to anger misdirected at other vulnerable groups. Our nation’s political climate continues to foment storms of animosity, all too frequently violent, toward racial minorities and immigrants.