Another Day’s Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis

Franklin, Robert M. Another Day’s Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1997.

Author Robert Franklin writes Another Day’s Journey to challenge the African-American church to engage anew in the healing, nurturing and renewal of American civil society, particularly black inner-city neighborhoods where the church continues to serve as a vital agent of personal and social transformation. The challenge requires black churches to reckon with the current demographic, political and cultural changes in church and community since the civil rights movement. Churches must redeem today’s “prodigal youths” and address the absence of black men from church and community involvement even as they respond innovatively to declining denominational affiliations, gender tensions and changes in black church traditions. “Winds of change,” though, are once again creating churches into dynamic institutions of transformation. <p> Franklin draws upon his knowledge and experiences of the church and philanthropic foundations to provide practical insights for renewed church involvement within its context. He outlines how churches can form meaningful partnerships with community and secular agencies to restore inner-city neighborhoods without losing their prophetic edge. Against the backdrop of his own personal journey and traditional black church participation in social renewal, Franklin calls upon church leaders to serve as “public theologians” who stand humbly and respectfully as Christ’s ambassadors between the worlds of Christianity and secular culture, leading their churches to achieve “a more vigorous public witness.”