What races are represented....

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What races are represented in your church?

  1. Caucasian

    40 vote(s)
    95.2%
  2. Black (from America)

    31 vote(s)
    73.8%
  3. American Indian

    14 vote(s)
    33.3%
  4. Asian

    27 vote(s)
    64.3%
  5. Non American Indian

    11 vote(s)
    26.2%
  6. Hispanic

    23 vote(s)
    54.8%
  7. African (from Africa)

    12 vote(s)
    28.6%
  8. Caribbean

    7 vote(s)
    16.7%
  9. None of the above

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Other

    12 vote(s)
    28.6%
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  1. SaggyWoman

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    in your church?
     
  2. Tentmaker

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    Most of the above, and Philippinos.
     
  3. standingfirminChrist

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    The Human Race
     
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    My poll answer is the same as SFIC's ------

    Plus one Cajun!!! We're a species of our own!!!! Ask any Cajun you know!!!
     
  5. billreber

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    Amen to SFIC's answer!

    When will we stop looking at a person's color, and look at hi m as God does?

    Bill:godisgood:
     
  6. SaggyWoman

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    Filipinos are asians, for I is half a one.
     
  7. David Lamb

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    Answering this poll could give a false impression, because it takes no consideration of the "racial makeup" of the area in which the church is siruated. (That is not a criticism, by the way). For instance, where I live in the South West of England, there are very few people who are not Caucasian, unlike places such as Birmingham, Bradford and London. So if my church was in Bradford, and all the members were Caucasian, that could suggest something entirely different than it would in an area such as the South West, where the vast majority of the general population is Caucasian.
     
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    David is so right. In our area, 30 miles from Manhattan, we are in a VERY diverse area. I know for sure we have all of the above along with people from England, Germany, Italy, South Africa (caucasians and blacks), Jamaica, Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, and I'm sure even more. These are the ones I can think of that just sit in one section of the sanctuary! :) But if we lived in another area that was less racially mixed, I'm sure our congregation would reflect that.
     
  9. EdSutton

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    Here, I am giving standingfirminChrist a very big "Thanks!"

    You beat me to it, as I just saw to the poll.

    Any other answer listed above, is arbitrary, from what I see in Scripture!

    Not to mention, about half of them are inaccurate descriptions of "race", in the second place., by anthropological definition.

    Third, there is no classification of "mixed race", which probably takes in more of us, than most of us could possibly know, if all our anthropological history were known, for 4000+ years.

    Fourth, ethnicity and heritage are not the same thing as "race". :BangHead:

    The one thing I'm sure of, it that I go back in my family tree to Adam and Noah!

    Yep, I can and do say that I go back to a crooked farmer, and a drunken sailor!

    Ed

    P.S. - As per usual, I did not vote in the poll!
     
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  10. FriendofSpurgeon

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    While Mr. Lamb is correct (this may depend on your specific location), I think this is a valid poll. I've once heard that the most segregated time in America is Sunday morning at 11 am.

    If churches truly want to be welcoming to all races and ethnic groups in their area, I think they may have to do a bit more than just saying that all are welcome.
     
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    Beautiful answer. :applause:

    As long as they don't intermarry though, right SFIC?
     
  12. EdSutton

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    The late Mr. Fred Rogers might well have here said,

    "Welcome to my neighborhood, boys and girls!

    Can you spell 'neighborhood'?

    Can you spell 'baiting'?" :rolleyes:

    Ed
     
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    I didn't start either thread....I just find the two different tones in two different threads odd.
     
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    How are these options, and the naming thereof, derived? Why, for instance, "caucasion" and "black," instead of 'white and black' or 'caucasion and negro?' And why both hispanic and caribbean?-- does it mean non-hispanic caribbeans? who may or may not be "American Indians?" as opposed to the other kind of Indians?.....
     
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    I am a Mutt-Amearician:laugh:

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  16. David Lamb

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    I must stress that I didn't mean that the poll was invalid, just that answers could be open to misinterpretation, depending on the "racial mix" of the population in which a church is situated. If there just a very small minority of "non-white" people in the population of a certain town or region, then it should not be seen as in any way discriminatory if churches in that town or region have no (or very few) non-white members.

    I also agree that being a welcoming church means far more than simply saying that everyone is welcome, and that is true regardless of the ethnic background of the person we are welcoming.
     
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    Hi , I live in a small white community, sometimes we have missionariess drop in ,and once in awhile some one will bring a friend along ( that is another race)that happens to be visiting them . Other than that we are pretty much white except for our red necks.
     
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    Sadly, I don't think we have a single regularly attending hispanic person.
     
  19. David Lamb

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    (I have already replied to this, but it did not appear, so I'll try again)

    Neither have we, but then, there are extremely few people of Hispanic origin in the population of south west England generally.
     

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