Intersectionality in Intentional Communities The Struggle for Inclusivity in Multicultural U.S. Protestant Congregations

Intersectionality in Intentional Communities The Struggle for Inclusivity in Multicultural U.S. Protestant Congregations

by Assata Zerai

Over a decade of qualitative research, Assata Zerai has observed both incremental moves toward inclusiveness and strategies employed to accomplish long-term changes while conducting case studies of five multicultural Protestant churches in sites across the United States. With an interpretive approach, she explores these centers of worship and theorizes the conditions under which progressive social change occurs in some U.S. Protestant congregations. Understanding the daily practices of change and entrenchment in Protestant congregations and the intentional work to replace dominating structures with liberating ones may provide keys to creating multicultural, antiracist, feminist, and sexually inclusive volitional communities more broadly.

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