By Eugene H. Peterson
Eugene Peterson concerns a provocative demand pastors to desert their preoccupation with photo and status, management, good fortune, and fiscal viability, and to come back to the 3 simple acts serious to the pastoral ministry: praying, studying Scripture, and giving religious course.
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It is important to note that, while I do use the real names of Reverend Lomax, Reverend Coleman and Elder Toure, with their permission, all other names of First Afrikan members are pseudonyms. In order to protect the anonymity of the church members, I have altered identifying details in my descriptions of their physical appearances, occupations, and locations. As I am an African American woman, this project can be considered native anthropology. A native anthropologist studies her own community.
I mean, I was black and I knew that I couldn’t get away from it. I didn’t like being black sometimes, I will be honest about that. ” “I didn’t know what it really meant to be black outside of what I’ve been doing for thirty-one years. I remember saying all the time that I envied people who were of the Jewish faith. I envied people who were >> 43 44 << Situating the Self of the Islamic faith only because they were living their way of life, and it seemed so often that, you know, us, black people, we just really just kind of did whatever.
On the one hand, for the middle class black person, there is the contention that achieving middle class status is a positive thing in that it reflects worthiness and the ability to overcome racist oppression. On the other hand, there is the concern that upward mobility may create alienation from poorer blacks and the fear that blackness may be corrupted by overidentifying with the white middle class. Taken together, these arguments suggest that the black middle class person may feel both allegiance to and alienation from the racial identity he shares with poorer black people as well as the class identity he shares with middle class white people.