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  1. Geoff Holsclaw (@geoffholsclaw)
    Geoff Holsclaw (@geoffholsclaw) February 11, 2013 at 7:25 AM |

    Christena,
    You speak truth, and it hurts…the good hurt the prompts change.

  2. ryon
    ryon February 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM |

    Try using data from the national congregations study. That dataset shows multiraciak congs are are on the rise and evangelical congs are far more likely to be multiracial than any other religious denominations.

  3. Rachel Schwenke
    Rachel Schwenke February 11, 2013 at 3:45 PM |

    Thanks for this Christena. This is a good word.

    Living in a multicultural world, city and neighborhood does not automatically translate into multicultural churches (obviously). Yet it seems that most churches just expect that if we keep doing what we do, the people will come. They say “Of course we accept people of color/white people/Spanish speakers/whoever else!” but make no allowances for changing the system and especially the leadership structure to reflect the diversity.

    I’ve attended and help lead a multicultural church where there was no one majority. It was an incredible and humbling experience. I formed real relationships with people different from me. The unfortunate thing was that even in that holy community, people self selected homogeneous groups of friends. Real change takes intentionality.

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    [...] grew up in the 3rd most diverse city in America.[i]  Every day in the summer, the Filipino, Mexican, Black, Korean, White and Biracial kids on my [...]

  5. Efrem Smith
    Efrem Smith February 12, 2013 at 1:23 PM |

    Great words!! I’m honored to even be mentioned in our writing.
    Efrem Smith

  6. Kevin
    Kevin February 13, 2013 at 2:07 PM |

    Question:

    this is in reference to the Black Church and other churches during the 1950′s and 1960′s and how they moved to make changes in policies for the entire country.

    What is the change in the church that it has taken a backseat to simple societal wants?

  7. Naomi Drake
    Naomi Drake February 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM |

    When we do not speak unity the gospel from the pulpit we enter the realm of fantasy it populates propaganda that alleviates guilt but leavs the world worse off snd lacking Christ.

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