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Segregation on Sundays: Rachel Platt & Renee Murphy swap churches - Rachel's story

by WHAS11

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 15 at 7:02 PM

(WHAS11) -- Why is Sunday morning the most segregated hour in America?  

Yes, there are racially mixed churches in Kentuckiana but many of them are not.  Renee Murphy and Rachel Platt decided to switch churches to find out why – Renee visited First Christian Church in Prospect, Rachel visited St. Stephen in the California neighborhood.
Before the sermon at St. Stephen, you get music.  A band, a choir and a set up rivaling concerts at the KFC Yum! Center.  
It is a place to feel,  with parishioners ready to show their passion and let the spirit move them.  Hearts and souls are open to the message from Dr. Kevin Cosby, a man I have interviewed and have always wanted to hear preach.  
His message on the day of my visit: Put your head into your faith, along with your heart.  He says many Christians miss heaven by 12 inches, the difference between the head and the heart.  He says in addition to that heart, you have to have passion in your faith.  

The congregation came alive, many on the edge of their seats or out of them for his sermon. Dr. Cosby is a force to behold, a key reason this church is packed on Sundays.
St. Stephen is considered Kentucky’s largest African American Church, with a handful of white parishioners.  It was truly the first time, or at least one of the few times I have truly felt what it was like to be in the minority.  My colleague Renee Murphy said I would be struck by it, and I was.  I will say because I felt such a warm embrace it did not prove to be an issue at all.  It was a reality check for me, because it’s something Renee feels every day.