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Historian William E. Nicholas masterfully tells a sad, inspiring, triumphant, tragic story all at once. Here's an engaging drama of how Alabama Methodism eventually came to terms with it's racist sin in the creation of the Central Conferences of the Methodist Church and how Alabama Methodists repented, reorganized, and moved forward into unity, sort of. Here's history with contemporary relevance as Nicholas recounts the bravery of ordinary saints, of bishops behaving well and badly, and of how a church being pushed by God toward dealing with the 'color line' still cuts through the Body of Christ.
William E. Nicholas has written a book for our times: Amid deepest racial, political, and religious divisions, how did Alabama black and white Methodists reconcile Biblical justice with a culture inimical to the teachings of Christ?
Utilizing interviews, church records, and newspaper accounts, among other sources, this well written and analyzed book chronicles the struggles over desegregation within the northern Alabama Methodist structure. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the intersection of race and religion viewed from the bottom up during the tumultuous civil rights era
In his Illuminating narrative, Bill Nicholas gives readers an insightful look at the segregated world of the Methodist Church in Alabama during the 1950s and 1960s. Vividly conceived and highly revealing, Go and Be Reconciled demonstrates Nicholas’s superb ability to trace the complex realities that Methodist leaders faced during a period of chaos and upheaval. This small but powerful book will long endure as an essential study of Alabama Methodists and the race question.
The product of a lifetime of scholarship and years of careful research, Go and Be Reconciled is Prof. William Nicholas's account of the integration of the white and black Methodist conferences in Alabama. The hero of the story is Bishop Kenneth Goodson, the sometimes reluctant progressive who led, cajoled, and wheedled Alabama's Methodists toward integration. The conclusion, however, reminds us that victory is rarely final, and shows us not only how far Christians have walked down the path of racial reconciliation but how much further we have to go.