Time magazine has published a major report on the desegregation of the American church: Can Megachurches Bridge the Racial Divide? http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1950943,00.html. The progress of  Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Community Church is featured.

“Since Reconstruction, when African Americans fled or were ejected from white churches, black and white Christianity have developed striking differences of style and substance. The argument can be made that people attend the church they are used to; many minorities have scant desire to attend a white church, seeing their faith as an important vessel of cultural identity. But those many who desire a transracial faith life have found themselves discouraged — subtly, often unintentionally, but remarkably consistently. In an age of mixed-race malls, mixed-race pop-music charts and, yes, a mixed-race President, the church divide seems increasingly peculiar. It is troubling, even scandalous, that our most intimate public gatherings — and those most safely beyond the law’s reach — remain color-coded.”

(Hat tip to Ed Gilbreath at Reconciliation Blog: http://edwardg.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/the-desegregation-of-the-american-megachurch/).