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The Rev. Dr. Peter Samuelson

Why 11:00 am is the most segregated hour in America

The Rev. Dr. Peter L. Samuelson (ELCA)

Lately I have come to a different understanding of why 11:00 am on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America.  I have begun to wonder if the answer has less to do with a racial divide and more to do with the nature of worship. These thoughts came to me as I participated in an ecumenical Seven Last Words of Christ service in Atlanta in which was the only white person among well over 200 worshippers.  This happens to me from time to time.   I serve a predominantly African-American congregation in a predominantly African-American neighborhood.  When the churches in the neighborhood get together for worship, I am usually the only white pastor and sometimes the only white participant.

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