Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Presbyterian (USA) Multicultural Congregations

To qualify as multicultural, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation must have members from two or more racial-ethnic groups, with no more than 80 percent in any one racial-ethnic group. In 2006 we find that:

  • 291 congregations are multicultural (less than 3 percent of the total, but up from 120–125 in 1996).
  • Most are relatively small, with a median membership of 84, compared to a median of 105 for all congregations.
  • Two-thirds have a white majority (187 or 64 percent). In 29 (10 percent) the majority is African American; in 14 (5 percent), Hispanic; in 13 (4 percent), Asian; in 9 (3 percent), Native American; and in 3 (1 percent), other.
  • No one racial-ethnic group has a majority of the membership in 36 congregations; of these, 15 are located in the New York City area.
  • Overall, 37 states and Washington, D.C., have one or more multicultural congregations, with concentrations in New York (44), California (39) and New Jersey (22).
  • The largest percentages of congregations that are multicultural are in Massachusetts (8 of 36; 22 percent), Arizona (6 of 37; 14 percent) and Hawaii (1 of 7; 14 percent).
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1 comment:

KC said...

interesting.