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.
|Advisor:||Sells, James N., Graham-Phillips, Anita|
|Department:||School of Psychology & Counseling|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Advocacy, Brown, Michael, Church leadership, Ferguson, Pastoral leadership, Racism|
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