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Size matters

How you view racial inequalities correlates with the size of your congregation, researchers at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, found. Unlike most in smaller congregations, members of "very large" churches don't tend to attribute racial inequalities "to discrimination or lack of quality education, but to something other than structural failings in society," researchers reported. However, African-Americans in megachurches were "more aware of systemic racism than their white counterparts," they said. USC researcher Ryon Cobb said they found congregational size "matters above and beyond denominational affiliations, religious traditions and political beliefs."


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