• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)

    Recommended Reading Diversity and Multiculturalism

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    Eric Law's books are an excellent resource for learning about ministry in multicultural settings.
    Although geared at the corporate world, there is excellent information in here applicable for ministry settings as well.

    Books available through Judson Press
    Intercultural Ministry
    Hope for a Changing World

    Edited By Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Jann Aldredge-Clanton
    Why are most churches still segregated by race and culture? Is it possible to build intercultural ministries today? What are the challenges of creating and maintaining these ministries? How do intercultural churches give equal power and privilege to each culture? How do they avoid assimilating minority cultures into dominant cultures? Intercultural Ministry explores these questions and more with chapters from a racially and denominationally diverse group of pastors, theologians, and teachers who reflect on their experiences and experiments in intercultural ministry. Click here for more.

    Welcoming Community
    Diversity that Works

    by Douglas Avilesbernal; Series Editor J. Dwight Stinnett
    New in the "Living Church" series, this volume by pastor and popular speaker Douglas Avilesbernal acknowledges the dramatic changes in culture and congregational life in the twenty-first century, particularly as it relates to church growth in an increasingly multicultural world where communities are often in transition. Using the biblical story of Jesus' journey through Samaria, which led to a transformational encounter between Jesus, a Jewish rabbi, and a Samaritan woman, the author offers a model for learning to welcome the community in which a congregation finds itself by becoming a welcoming community of faith in itself. Click here for more.

    Intentionally Inclusive
    Together at the Table for Ministry

    by Marcia Patton
    In a society that is increasingly diverse in race and ethnicity, religious background and theological conviction, socioeconomic status and political perspectives, this practical resource explores the broad dimensions of what it means to be a multicultural community of faith—and relates the powerful story of how one group chose to pursue intentional inclusion and faithful intercultural ministry through ethnic caucuses and consensus-based decision-making. Grounded in biblical narrative as well as personal experiences, the book offers an authentic and honest look into a real-life experiment in inclusive ministry. Click here for more.

    Side by Side: Being Christian in a Multifaith World
    by Richard P. OlsonIn just a few decades, the United States has changed from a largely Christian nation to the most religiously diverse country in the world. In this new book, retired professor, and pastor Dick Olson reflects on living faithfully as a Christian in this new interreligious world. Reading the Gospels in this changing context, the author finds fresh insight and guidance to live out our faith with respect, love, and regard for those who follow a different religious path. In a conversational style, Olson shares a personal journey of encounters, experiences, and readings, inviting the reader to join him in a venture of discovery to reflect, explore, and meditate. Focuses on relations among Christians, Jews, and Muslims and with the "spiritual but not religious," as well as on how to navigate conflicts between Christian traditions. Click here for more.

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