Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Measuring congregational perceptions about the Black Missionary Baptist Church's effectiveness in pursuing social justice
by Walker, John Watson, D.Min., Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, 2015, 116; 3684983
Abstract (Summary)

The present study is an attempt to describe the perceptions on the part of congregants of the Black Missionary Baptist Church in New Britain, CT, with respect to the church's pursuit of social justice, measured in the midst of public rallies organized by the BMBC in the summer of 2013, protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman, a white neighborhood watchman who shot black teenager Trayvon Martin. The researcher used three sources of data to measure perceptions (observations at the rally, a survey of, and interviews with, BMBC members, both during the time of the rally) and concluded that there is a basic foundational commitment to social justice, though there are indicators that the strength of this commitment is questionable. BMBC members were willing and able to attend and be engaged at a specified action-step with a social injustice symbol (like Trayvon Martin), but were less capable of following through or conceiving of action-steps beyond the rally.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chan, Frank
Commitee: Balmaceda, Vilma, Perry, Robert W.
School: Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary
Department: Christian Leadership
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 76/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Religion, Black studies, Social psychology, Public policy
Keywords: Black church, Missionary Baptist Church, Social justice
Publication Number: 3684983
ISBN: 978-1-321-60506-8
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