The distinctives of black Nova Scotian culture and the place of the preacher in that context
LE3 .A278 2006
Doctor of Ministry
Acadia Divinity College
The writer's own personal ministry has been that of 'Biblical Preaching' in a black Nova Scotian cultural context. This thesis-project attempts to explore black Baptist life and culture largely from the inside, while drawing freely on insights from other sources. The sociological, economic, racial and religious activities of the Nova Scotian black Baptist churches, and their pastoral leadership have been explored. Many of the distinctive features of black Baptist life have been discussed, with a view to understanding, encouraging and enriching the leadership and the churches of the African United Baptist Association (AUBA). It is hoped that this will serve to strengthen both the witness and the relationships of black Baptists to the wider life of the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches (CABC), and express a spirit of good will to the predominantly white community at large. The focus of the thesis-project is on the distinctives of black Nova Scotian life and the preaching, worship and witness of the black churches. The struggles, the pains and the hurts of the black community are clearly acknowledged. Recognition is given by the many indicators that the white Baptist community and the Government of Nova Scotia have made some efforts to strengthen the witness and involvement of the black community in the wider life of the Convention and community. However, it should not be overlooked that considerable strides have been made in the improvement of racial relationships within the Baptist community, and the growing recognition of leaders in the wider Baptist community---the role---often the leadership role---of black Baptists, has been publicly recognized, in ways that go far beyond the limits of a thesis on preaching.
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