Danville church tackles tough subject of race

San Francisco Chronicle
May 18, 2008

From the pulpit of a Danville church, the leader of the 1.2 million member United Church of Christ on Sunday urged those gathered to start a national, "sacred" conversation about one of the most toxic topics in American life: race.

Professor William McKinney, an ordained UCC minister and president of the Pacific School of Religion, a UCC-affiliated seminary in Berkeley, said that church is perhaps the place where society segregates itself the most. McKinney was a visitor in Danville on Sunday. "There's a paradox that in a (denomination) that talks the talk as much as anybody that we remain divided racially," he said.