What is the signifigance of Jem and Scout attending church with Calpurnia?

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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It is significant that Jem and Scout attend church with Calpurnia. Clearly, the community can see that Atticus has taught his children not to judge based on skin color. Indeed, Jem and Scout are willing to go to church with Calpurnia. This was during a time when blacks and whites were kept separated. The blacks had their church, and the whites had their church. When Jem and Scout attend church with Calpurnia, they do not seem ill at ease. They are so familiar with Calpurnia that attending her church is not a strange thing to do. Even though Jem and Scout have no problem with attending Calpunia's church, one of the black women does make a negatvie remark about Jem and Scout being at her black church. To this, Calpurnia replies that is the same God:

Calpurnia responds by calling them her guests and saying "it's the same God, ain't it?"

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petertuohy | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

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not answering the question but i think we have the same summer homework packet hahah... i have seen your name asking like every question i've looked up

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horantheworldcurls | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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Scout and Jem also learn that Calpurnia almost lives "a double life". She doesn't speak as well as she does in the company of white folks as she does in the church.

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