As the pastor of a multicultural church in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the United States we are truly blessed with an abundance of opportunities. In the past five years we have added two new church developments - the Chin Presbyterian Church (Burmese) and Shalom International Ministry (predominately African). But diversity in the pews is not the same thing as multicultural worship; in order to be a multicultural church we must recognize and value the differences. Living the Vision was put out by the Presbyterian Evangelism and Church Witness back in 1989 and is still a very good place to start the conversation about what it means to be a multicultural church.
The next time you are in Atlanta call the church and I will take you on a tour of the neighborhood and we can talk about what it means to be multicultural. Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church 404.292.8212
My Church welcomes whomever wants to participate in the worshiping The Lord. We have no victims here we are simple Christians. If you have a political agenda you want to forward the Church is not the place for it. We just want to hear a message from our Creator, and fellowship with our members.
I'm in one of the diversified congregations and I feel like the church had failed us. The leaders ate corrupt and the general assembly overlooks everything here. I Love the Presbyterian Church but I'm highly disappointed. Come to Ramseyer Presby Ohio and see the heresy being committed there.
I recently attended a Lenten supper lecture at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. The person introducing the lecturer opened with this statement:
"The Armenian genocide was the premier genocide of the 20th century." As one of perhaps 2 persons of color present, I was deeply offended at this attempt to rank atrocity and walked out. What's more, the person making the statement was one of the pastors at BMPC.
Restorative justice is a theme of the 2015 Lenten season. I had hoped to learn more about healing after experiencing genocide.
I wrote to Pastor Duran. She denied what I clearly heard spoken and attempted to reframe my experience. Healing from bigotry cannot begin without confession and true repentance. There can be no restoration without the perpetrator sincerely listening to the harm they have done as told by their victim.
BMPC is apparently quite comfortable with bigotry and exclusion. It would appear that they are committed to its continuance in their church.
While "[y]ou would be welcomed with open arms," would you make the connections necessary to contribute to the community? Practicing political correctness is no substitute for investing actively in the development of genuine connections with others. Images of diversity is not enough. What's more, communities take shape naturally over time. I attended a high school with a predominately African American student body. I had some very close African American buddies. I am White. But there was a great deal of naturally occurring division among the student races. Is that not a function of connecting to those who you identify with the most?
Presbyterians are diverse? Who are you kidding? White Presbyterians could just join black Presbyterian churches or other non white Presbyterian churches and quickly create real diversity. You would be welcomed with open arms.