Community Capacity Building in African American Churches
Chapter 1. Community Capacity Building in an Age of Faith? Pedagogy and Tensions of Nurturing Sanctuary
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Pedagogy and Tensions of Nurturing Sanctuary
Culture comes from the Latin word cultus, which means “to care for.” At its heart, it has to do with growth: of crops (as in the word “cultivate”), or of peoples. Culture is a set of [symbolic and material] ideas, practices, and rituals that help human beings develop morally, intellectually, and spiritually.
— Terrance MacMullan1
The Negro of America needs an Age of Faith. All great ages are ages of faith. It is absolutely necessary for a new people to begin their career with the religious verities…. Christianity is contrary to the spirit of caste—spiritual kinship transcends all other relations…. No matter what destiny awaits the race, religion is necessary either as a solvent or as a salve.
—W. E. B. Du Bois2
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