Eavesdropping on the Most Segregated Hour

A City's Clergy Reflect on Racial Reconciliation

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Andrew M. Manis, Sandy Dwayne Martin
  • Macon, GA: 
    Mercer University Press
    , February
     304 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Douglas E. Thompson forthcoming.


In this insightful book of essays inspired by his award-winning book, MACON BLACK & WHITE: AN UNUTTERABLE SEPARATION IN THE AMERICAN CENTURY, Andrew M. Manis recruited clergy from a broad spectrum of interracial, interreligious, and interdenominational communities of faith in Macon, Georgia, to address their congregations on the perennially controversial theme of racial reconciliation. Acknowledging the truism that eleven o'clock on Sunday morning remains the "most segregated hour" of the week, Manis argues that neither White nor Black congregations are familiar with what the other hears about race on the other side of the color line. Fourteen clergy bring their scriptural interpretations to bear on the longstanding problem of White supremacy in American life and culture. EAVESDROPPING ON THE MOST SEGREGATED HOUR gives believers of a wide range of traditions the opportunity to listen in on clergy from a diversity of theological perspectives as they seek to cure souls and bring racial healing to a small Southern city. In addition, two minister-historians, a Black and a White Baptist, introduce these sermons and analyze their crucial theological and ethical challenges, not only for residents of Macon and Georgia, but for believers still struggling to defeat White supremacy in its fourth century on the North American continent. From EAVESDROPPING ON THE MOST SEGREGATED HOUR, Black and White clergy and laity alike will gain strength and encouragement to cross the color line and continue "marchin' up to Freedom Land" as they seek to build the Beloved Community in America.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Andrew M. Manis is emeritus professor of history at Middle Georgia State University. An ordained Baptist minister with a PhD from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he is the award-winning author of SOUTHERN CIVIL RELIGIONS IN CONFLICT, A FIRE YOU CAN'T PUT OUT, and MACON BLACK AND WHITE.

Sandy Dwayne Martin is professor of religion at the University of Georgia. An ordained minister and associate pastor of East Friendship Baptist Church in Athens, Georgia, he holds a PhD from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University. He is the author of BLACK BAPTISTS AND AFRICAN MISSIONS and FOR GOD AND RACE, and numerous articles regarding African American and American religious history.


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