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MLK Drum Major for Justice Scholars Program


Christian Civic Engagement

This resource focuses on the relationship between African-American Pentecostalism and the broader public square. Like many other religious groups in the modern period, this relationship can be complicated. While the specific focus of this article may not relate to your own denominational identity, it offers several important insights. You should pay particular attention to how the resource defines the "public square" as well as the four approaches or interpretations of Christian civic engagement.


As you read, consider the following questions:

  • Which of the four interpretations of Christian civic engagement best aligns with your own or that of your church community?

  • What are the positive qualities that your denomination brings to the public square? What are the negative qualities it brings?

  • How can you balance the personal (spiritual formation, moral living, etc.) and the social/public (justice, organizing, activism, etc.) aspects of the good news?

Click here to download/view the article, Ware, African American Pentecostalism and the Public Square.

Source: Frederick L. Ware, "African American Pentecostalism and the Public Square," The Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center 44 (2016): 99–114.


*** Estimated time to complete learning activity: 50 minutes ***

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