Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “I think it is one of the tragedies of our nation, one of the shameful tragedies that 11:00 on Sunday morning is one of the most segregated hours, if not the most segregated in Christian America.” Our capstone group, 4wrd Thinking, examined Dr. King’s observation by hosting a conversation among religious leaders in the Upstate about this challenging issue. We posed a series of questions to the attendees: Is Dr. King’s observation still valid today? Should something be done to address this phenomenon? What events or collaborations have you employed to address this issue? What do you think can or should be done to address Dr. King’s observation?

Participants engaged in a candid and thought-provoking conversation about Dr. King’s statement. This unique event afforded the opportunity to share experiences, build relationships, and initiate future collaborations to address the issue. In an attempt to test any preconceived notions we may have had about worship experiences, we attended a place of worship different, from a racial standpoint, from where we typically attend. We then shared our experiences with others in our DLI class.