I was buried in a writing project when the CNN special Black in America first aired a couple weeks back, so I missed writing about it then. I caught it in bits and pieces. If anyone out there has comments or reviews they’d like to share here, please do. Related to that special, CNN.com has an interesting story up called “Why Americans Prefer Their Sundays Segregated.” Among others, the article quotes Christian reconciliation leaders Michael Emerson (co-author of Divided by Faith) and Curtiss DeYoung (who, along with Emerson and others, co-authored United by Faith). The piece examines race relations in the church from the first century to the present day, and offers some good stuff to chew on, as we continue to grapple with the reality of racial division in the church.
Also, on a totally unrelated note, the ABC News site has a touching and powerful interview with singer Steven Curtis Chapman and his family who are still dealing with the accidental death of Steven’s little daughter Maria Sue back in May. When I worked for Today’s Christian magazine, we featured the Chapman family on our cover one year and did other stories on them as well, so it was particularly difficult to learn of Maria’s loss. But from watching this Good Morning America interview with the Chapmans, it’s clear that they are walking through this tragedy with their faith intact.