About The Race, Religion, and Justice Project (RRJP)

The RRJP is a national, multifaceted research study being conducted by the Racial Justice and Unity Center (RJUC), The data is being collected in 2019-2020. It focuses particularly on Christianity, by far the largest religion in the United States. The research consists of several methods, designed to provide multiple lenses on the issues. One of the primary goals is to duplicate and expand the research Dr. Michael Emerson collected in 1999 (which was the basis for the book Divided by Faith) in order to see if/how racial dynamics in Christian organizations have changed over the last 20 years. Altogether, the methodology and collected data are providing us with an unprecedented breadth and depth to issues of race and religion in the contemporary United States. Click on the buttons below to learn more.

The following are some questions and answers regarding the project. If you have a question that isn't listed, please contact us.

How do you plan to make the findings of the study available to the public?

Here are some examples:

  • A Barna Blast which will be emailed to over 100,000 leaders
  • A Barna Monograph with a target distribution of 10,000 leaders
  • Books by Dr. Michael Emerson, Dr. Glenn Bracey, and possibly other authors
  • Articles in national publications, press release, etc.

Can I use the data you are collecting?

We hope that many individuals will be able to use the data we are collecting to develop new resources that can help Christian individuals and organizations. We plan to post the findings in the Association of Religion Data Archives for public use no later than 2022. We are also open to requests for specific subsets of the data. Please contact us for details.

Why are you only focusing on racial justice and unity? What about gender, age, wealth, etc.?

Focusing on justice and unity for other types of diversity is also very important. But we are narrowing our focus to racial diversity because of the complex history and dynamics associated with race relations in U.S. Christian organizations. Narrowing our focus to race enables us to study the dynamics in much more detail then we could if we focused on many types of diversity.

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