Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Church Leadership's Response to Michael Brown's Death in Ferguson, MO
by George, Susan, Psy.D., Regent University, 2018, 92; 10830585
Abstract (Summary)

Nationally, there is increased attention on the number of Black males killed by police. Systemic racism is supported through numerous research findings, in which discriminatory practices are employed and negatively affect minority members of society. This study explored the lived experience and response of church leadership to the death of Michael Brown and subsequent events in Ferguson, Missouri. Black and White churches (n=9) were selected using criterion sampling. A semi-structured interview was completed with church leaders with specific questions related to their observations of the uprising, needs of the community and congregation, and church’s response to Brown’s death and the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson. This study utilized a phenomenological qualitative approach to analyze the leader’s responses and to identify themes. Several themes emerged regarding church advocacy, spiritual integration, provision of support to members, and practical strategies to dismantle racism in the church and community. Study limitations and implications for church and clinical practice as well as future research are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sells, James N., Graham-Phillips, Anita
School: Regent University
Department: School of Psychology & Counseling
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-B 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Advocacy, Brown, Michael, Church leadership, Ferguson, Pastoral leadership, Racism
Publication Number: 10830585
ISBN: 978-0-438-17961-5
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