Effecting Racial Transformation through Pedagogy and Proclamation: in an Historically White Southern Congregation Open Access

McClain, Douglas (Spring 2021)

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Hobe Sound, Florida is a small unique beachside community nestled between the larger cities of Stewart and Jupiter. This unincorporated area is visibly divided on racial lines. Northern and southern neighborhoods in this community are predominantly African American while neighborhoods in the central and eastern areas are predominantly white. This community boasts one of the wealthiest addresses in the country, Jupiter Island, and some of the poorest neighborhoods, Gomez, and Banner Lake. Newly appointed to the United Methodist Church, it became apparent that there was little awareness in the congregation to the on-going racial issues facing America today. The thesis: is it possible to bring an awareness and transformation to the racial issues facing this United Methodist Church in Hobe Sound, Florida?

The plan is to establish a baseline understanding of inherent biases, discrimination along societal norms, and the church’s response to systemic racism. Utilizing surveys, interviews, a sermon series, and a four-week small group study, will chart the direction of the research. A post questionnaire will be taken to identify if any self-awareness and transformation has occurred. 

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