Comings and Goings is a blog written by Theology, Worship and Education Director Charles B. "Chip" Hardwick as he travels throughout the church. God is on the move out and about in the world, working to redeem all things in Jesus Christ. As we join this mission, by the power of the Spirit we see God on the move. This blog contains glimpses of how Chip finds this to be true in his comings and goings.
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Last week I was at the Fellowship Community/ECO conference in Dallas, TX. The Fellowship Community (formed recently from the Fellowship of Presbyterians and Presbyterians for Renewal) is a ministry of and to conservative churches within the PC(USA); ECO is the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, composed of conservative churches who have left the PC(USA) to begin this new denomination.
Last week I was part of a panel discussion on theology and theological education at the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s National MultiCultural Conference in Fort Worth, TX. At such a diverse conference, where being white was an exception and not a rule, I spent some time thinking about my own background and my ability to speak with meaning in such a context.
In the last few years, FPC Garland has seen an unflux of Christians from Cameroon, to the point where now the congregation is between 15 and 20% Cameroonian. One woman from that country began to worship there, and then some of her friends came, and then some of their friends came, and now it’s too the point where on Easter, the new members class of around ten people had one white woman (the interim pastor’s wife) and nine men and women from Cameroon!