Crossing the Ethnic Divide: The Multiethnic Church on a by Kathleen Garces-Foley

By Kathleen Garces-Foley

Whereas spiritual groups usually rigidity the common nature in their ideals, it is still actual that folks decide to worship along these they determine with most simply. Multiethnic church buildings are infrequent within the usa, yet as American attitudes towards variety swap, so too does the attraction of a church that gives variety. becoming a member of this type of neighborhood, even if, is uncomfortable-worshippers needs to actually move the boundaries of ethnic distinction by way of coming into the non secular area of the ethnically "other." in the course of the tale of 1 multiethnic congregation in Southern California, Kathleen Garces-Foley examines what it capability to confront the demanding situations in forming a spiritual group throughout ethnic divisions and attracting a extra diversified club.

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14 Coming from church members, rather than from Ken, the new logo is a good indication that within five years Ken’s vision for Evergreen had been embraced by the people in the pews. It was in the midst of the hive transition that Ken began to articulate publicly his dream for a new Evergreen. ” The “multi-Asian” in this statement meant that foreign-born and American-born Asians would be welcome, and the “multi-ethnic” meant that non-Asians would also be welcome. When I asked Ken what the process was for developing the statement, he laughed; one of the benefits of being senior pastor at Evergreen is the power to make top-down decisions.

The first time I met Ken, he described watching his Chinese daughter and African American nephew learn to use chopsticks in their adjoining high chairs. The Fong family also includes Korean, Guamanian, Filipino, and European heritages. In light of this diversity, Ken has posed a difficult question to his parents and siblings: When do we stop thinking of ourselves as a Chinese family? Painful as it is to lose that identity, Ken believes that continuing to think of themselves as a Chinese family clearly excludes family members that they love dearly.

26 Evangelical and secular newspapers carried stories of the emotionally intense rallies in which White men repented of their racism and embraced their brothers of color. Emerson and Smith provide a vivid description of such an event: “All across the expansive domed stadium, small groups formed around men of color. A great murmur of confession rose and reverberated off the stadium top, further amplifying the sounds. ”27 Like those who witnessed the manifestations of the Holy Spirit during the Asuza Street Revival, Promise Keepers experienced these events as a radical sign to the world of God’s unfolding redemption.

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