Christ the King UCC, Florissant
I chose Christ the King UCC in Florissant because of its history as a church that transitioned from its ethnic German roots into an African American congregation led by the Reverend Traci Blackmon, a dynamic local and national religious leader who came to prominence after the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson. Christ the King embodies many of the complexities of race and religion in an urban environment. I am exploring how, despite the many challenges faced by its members, its space and its religious inheritance continue to be used as a resource and meeting point for multiple loyalties and political aspirations. And it is a site that defies the easy binaries of black/white, or religious/secular.