Front-page story in Nashville newspaper highlights racially diverse Church of Christ
In a front-page story in today’s Nashville Tennessean, religion writer Bob Smietana highlights the racial diversity of the Rural Hill Church of Christ:
Lena Hampton felt at home from the first time she walked into Rural Hill Church of Christ in Antioch in 1975.
It didn’t matter that she was the sole African-American in the congregation of about 200. The people were friendly and loved God, and that was good enough for her.
“I’ve been to churches where they didn’t even talk to you,” Hampton said. “You can’t find people kinder than at Rural Hill. I would not go anywhere else.”
Hampton joined the church and invited some friends and family to come with her. They invited some friends as well, and today Rural Hill is one of the most diverse congregations in Nashville. It’s one of a small but growing number of churches in the country where Sunday morning is no longer the most segregated hour of the week.
Smietana describes Sundays at Rural Hill as “very traditional, with a capella hymns like ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus,’ a straightforward Bible sermon with few jokes or anecdotes, followed by prayers and communion.”
Read the full story.
See a 2008 Christian Chronicle package of stories on racially diverse churches.