The Multi-racial Experiment in Two South African Churches

By: Eugene Baron  

South Africa is still a much racially-divided society. Religions have to be one of the stakeholders in efforts of unity and reconciliation. However, it some cases the religions also struggle internally to provide lasting remedies. The paper will analyze the reasons for the failure of "multi-racial" projects in two, former mono-racial, South African churches. The author analyses two recent incidents where a schism occurred in two congregations, as a result of the introduction of a "multi-racial" project. The author will present the findings of the interviews held with members as well as church leaders to explore the reasons behind the failure of a project in the interest of society and reconciliation.

Multi-racialism Reconciliation
Religious Community and Socialization
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Eugene Baron

Research Fellow, Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, South Africa
South Africa

I am appointed as a Lecturer at the University of the Free State, and also as a Research Fellow at the University of South Africa. I am also an ordained Minister in the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa.