Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Racism in the church: Assessing perceptions of Guyanese pastors
by Roy, Pembroke, D.Min., Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, 2014, 136; 3629072
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of writing Racism in the Church: Assessing Perceptions of Guyanese Pastors was to access Indo-Guyanese and Afro-Guyanese senior pastors' perception of racism in the Guyanese society and the Guyanese Church. It was also to determine the gap between Guyanese Church leaders' sense of moral imperative to combat racism and their sense of Church compliance in combatting racism. In this study, two hypotheses were under investigation: (1) Guyanese Church leaders have a high perception of racism in society and in the Church, and (2) The gap between Guyanese church leaders' sense of moral imperative to combat racism and their sense of Church compliance in combatting racism is high. In this study, a quantitative method was used. The assessment consisted of two newly designed scales. The first, Perception of Racism Scale, focuses on four dimensions of racism in society in general and in the Church in particular. The second, Perception of Racial Reconciliation Scale, measures the disparity between the Christian beliefs held by the Guyanese senior pastors and the actions observed by them. To test the hypotheses, the instrument was distributed to 159 Guyanese senior pastors in attendance at the Annual National Christian Leadership Conference in Guyana. Both hypotheses were supported by the data. The researcher affirms that there is racism in Guyanese society and in the Guyanese Church.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chan, Frank
Commitee: Chan, Frank, King, Paul, Sanders, Martin
School: Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary
Department: Christian Leadership
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 75/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Pastoral Counseling, Religious education, Public policy, Ethnic studies
Keywords: Guyana, Pastors, Racism
Publication Number: 3629072
ISBN: 978-1-321-05734-8
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