Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Race, Reconciliation, Racism, Christian Unity, Relationship-Building, Theology
Christianity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies
Glass, Calvin, "Racial Reconciliation: A Theological Approach to Building Relationships" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3184.
Racism within the Christian community in America has resulted in social unrest and has plagued the Christian church in a way that mandates urgent solutions to this untamed malady. This research focus is centered on learning a practicable methodology based on biblical principles that address racial reconciliation (building God-approved relationships) that will combat racial disunity among Christians. The study method used BBR (Building Better Relationships) consisted of interviewing and teaching a focus group representing a Black pastor and five church participants on racial relations issues within the church context. From the recommendations of the senior pastor, a focus group from the Black church received teaching on biblical racial reconciliation directives through a six-session curriculum. Five individuals, five Black Christians made up the focus group. The objective of the study is to describe the reality of historical racism in the Christian church and to motivate multicultural change that will enhance building theologically, healthy, and loving relationships among all races.