Garces-Foley, Kathleen, 1972-

Crossing the ethnic divide : the multiethnic church on a mission / Kathleen Garces-Foley. - Oxford, UK ; New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 2007. - 182 p. ; 25 cm. - American Academy of Religion academy series . - American Academy of Religion academy series. .

Includes bibliographical references (p. [159]-178) and index.

Introduction: looking for the promised land -- For the healing of the nations -- The racial reconciliation movement -- The reconciliation generation -- Becoming a multiethnic church -- The dividing lines -- The culture of discomfort -- The multiethnic church in society.

"Through the story of one multiethnic congregation in Southern California, Kathleen Garces-Foley examines what it means to confront the challenges of forming a religious community across ethnic divisions and attracting a more varied membership." "Drawing on an in-depth study of Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, a predominantly Asian American church that actively welcomes other ethnic groups, Garces-Foley argues that a new generation of Christians, raised in diverse urban settings and shaped by the multicultural curriculum of public schools, has become the driving force behind the formation of multiethnic churches. But the youthful energy and open-mindedness of this new generation is only one element in Evergreen's success. The church has turned the challenge of a multiethnic identity on its head by insisting that its members accept the discomfort of cross-cultural exchange as integral to Christian discipleship. This "theology of discomfort" calls on the members of multiethnic churches to bear the costs of diversity and take the commitment to racial reconciliation beyond church walls. Garces-Foley shows how multiethnic churches like Evergreen participate in a larger social discourse and argues that they will play a positive role in the future of our multi-ethnic society."--Jacket.

9780195311082 (cloth : alk. paper) 0195311086 (cloth : alk. paper)


GBA707978 bnb

013655458 Uk

Church and minorities.
Church work with minorities.
Ethnicity--Religious aspects--Christianity.
Reconciliation--Religious aspects--Christianity.
Christianity and culture.
Multiculturalism--Religious aspects--Christianity.

BV639.M56 / G37 2007

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