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Monthly Archives: January 2012
Pastor Ken Fong (Evergreen Baptist Church, Los Angeles) talks about church board meetings – and how diversity changes the discussion. He explains how the church’s vision and values have prompted them to seek diverse leadership so that a multitude of … Read the Post
On Feb 9 & 10, Branson and Martinez will provide the Janzen Lectures at FPU. Lectures include “When God Messes with Assumptions: Power, Generations & Ethnicities” and “God, Gospel and the Central Valley.” More information is on the school website.
When Japanese American members took the initiative to share their stories about relocation camps, Pastor Fong remembered how his own previous learning had shaped his cross-cultural empathy. His story created space in the congregation for a deeper appreciation for cultural … Read the Post
Pastor Fong tells a story in which a decision about cleaning the church’s carpets surfaced different cultural values. Even seemingly unimportant decisions are arrived at on the basis of deeply held beliefs. Fong shows how their conversation about theology and … Read the Post
Pastor Elwood Carson portrays the complexities associated with becoming a multi-ethnic congregation. He talks about having to adapt his African American preaching style as Latino neighbors join the congregation. Also, the congregation embodies differences between people and their various stages … Read the Post
As the church became willing to engage with the neighborhood and crosscultural experiments, Fong explains that Steve, a Latino neighbor, visited and left then returned and left…. Today, Steve is a crucial part of the church and its mission. Fong … Read the Post