I guess the first thing to tackle is the actual church going experience. It is a misconception that while Black churches are rambunctious, cymbals and tambourines, running around the church, falling out and speaking in tongues, White churches are solemn, still and quiet. Although I’ve never been to a predominately white church I can say I have been to Black churches that are as solemn as they come, so I’m sure on both sides of the fence you’ll find your fair share of both exciting services and dull ones.
On a larger scale I don’t know how much of a difference there really is between the religious experiences of Black and white people. For example a pastor like Joyce Meyers sees a very diverse crowd at her services and conferences. She is an older white woman and I am a young Black women yet I find her messages hit home to me more often than not. There really isn't an issue of race when I think about her ministry. I think there is more of a difference in experience between denominations than there is between races.
One thing I have observed is that there is an idea that while white people are a mixture of people of faith, agnostics, and atheists, often it is always assumed that Black people are church goers or religious people. It might have something to do with the large presence of the “Black Church” in the African American community, I’m not sure.
To sum things up, I don’t think there is too huge of a difference between the white and Black religious experience.
What do you think? In your experience have you found a vast difference in the two?