“God of a Second Chance”: A Tale of a Female Pastor in a Transforming Merged Mission Church

  • Jeffery L. TribbleSr.
Part of the Black Religion / Womanist Thought / Social Justice book series (BRWT)


Heralding the public and private sector partnerships that drive the forces of gentrification are city government signs: “Neighborhoods Alive Redevelopment Area.” These signs and other visible changes mark the “good news” of neighborhood revitalization. Indeed, a drive through this community reveals the work of tearing down old structures and building up new or rehabilitated structures. During the spring of 2001, a huge crane sat idle next to an empty sixteen-story public housing building within walking distance of Isaiah-Matthews Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. This building and other high-rise projects, which have long concentrated black human poverty, crime, blight, and misery, are being aggressively demolished across the nation. Observers are left to presume that evacuated residents have moved to affordable housing, which their government has promised is available in scattered sites throughout the metropolitan area. On another abandoned building in the vicinity is the sign, “Pioneer Park Place: Quality New Homes starting at $205,000.”


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