For Glendale Baptist Church of Nashville, concerns over racism and economic injustice came into sharper focus during the debates over the desegregation of Nashville’s public schools in 1971. Public positions taken by church leadership in support of desegregation efforts, along with changes in leadership style, caused the majority of church members ultimately to leave the church.
Today Glendalers have forged new understandings of the church and Christian discipleship. These members proclaimed a strong belief in God’s grace and mercy and held that God’s disciples should work as agents for change in the world. During this process, the church embraced gender equality, with both women and men serving as deacons and as heads of the divisions that carry out the work of the church.
TIPL welcomes this historic justice church as a faith group partner.