Christian Unity, The Methodist Church and Jackson, Mississippi

Type 
Document
Year 
1963
Creator(s) 
Doc # 
1EKI19.04
Abstract 

The authors claim, with the help of a variety of biblical passages, that segregated Methodist churches were rupturing Christian unity. Like cancerous lungs that diminish the health of one's entire physical body, racism within the Methodist Church was hurting the entire institution. The authors argued that the unity of the church was threatened by both racial segregation and a false unity - unity in the midst of immoral practices - exemplified by the situation in Jackson, Mississsippi. The authors also suggested that the situation in Jackson demonstrated that the Church had "capitulated to the culture" in which it existed, and was more loyal to recent tradition and social structure than to the tenets of Christianity. The authors called on Methodist media to accurately report on events in Jackson, and on the bishops and leaders of the Church to take a stand against segregation.

Additional information 

Document Description: five-page photocopy of typewritten document; notation: some highlighting; located in PLT Archive folder "Ed King".

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