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Buchanan Video: Music & Film as Indigenous

Churches in transition need to attend to their local neighborhoods. Rev. Buchanan describes the creation of diversity on boards and for worship leadership. This Los Angeles church was located in the midst of film and music industries, so members and neighbors lived in that context. The shift toward ethnic diversity drew on these resources. → On pp 49, 66-67,  and 228, Branson notes the importance of understanding the local environment. What did Buchanan’s church note and adapt to in their context?

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