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Comparing Interracial Couples' Experience of Belonging at Multiethnic Churches and at Mono-Ethnic Churches
by Spenst, Richard A., D.Min., Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, 2017, 117; 10262727
Abstract (Summary)

This project looked at the experience of 14 interracial couples who are connected with Fort Lee Gospel Church and a second multiethnic church. The question being addressed was whether or not a multiethnic church was better positioned to minister to an interracial couple than a mono-ethnic church. The questions were organized around the topic of general opposition, or failure to belong, experienced by interracial couples, how interracial couples experienced various churches, and how they experienced belonging in a multiethnic church. The experience of belonging was organized around five constructs: verbal affirmation, sense of commonality, feelings of inclusion, feelings of positive regard, and absence of prejudice or racism. On each of these constructs it was determined that an ethnically diverse church is a better setting for interracial couples to experience belonging. In addition, the transcultural experience of interracial couples uniquely equips them to help overcome racial differences that naturally occur within a multiethnic church.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thomas, TV
Commitee: Balmaceda, Vilma, Chan, Frank, Sanders, Martin
School: Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary
Department: Christiian Leadership
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 78/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Individual & family studies, Ethnic studies
Keywords: Interracial couples, Multiethnic churches, Racism
Publication Number: 10262727
ISBN: 978-1-369-69744-5
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