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Haah Video: Diversity in Context & Church

Pastor Kevin Haah states, “People are more multiethnic in friendships and the workplace than we think they are.” He specifically points to how we can learn from the multiethnic friendships on Skid Row. Homelessness, a narrative more pervasive than ethnic differences, binds these friendships together. Downtown LA, like numerous other contexts, displays ethnic and economic diversity. Haah gives witness to the power of gospel and church to bring people together. → Groups can gain understanding by discussing why diversity is often more difficult in churches than it is in other relationships. The Homogeneous Unit Principle, which Haah cites as an approach that counters their church’s convictions and experiences, receives attention on p 17. New City Church began as a multiethnic/multisocio-economic church, but many US churches are currently homogeneous even though their contexts are diverse. On p 41, Branson and Martínez explain that shaping congregational praxis comes through a rhythm of doing, reflecting, and doing. Beginning on p 48 they illustrate how the practical theology cycle can guide a church toward intercultural life. A discussion about the five steps of practical theology can increase understanding about this process; exercises throughout the book and the practices of chapters 10 and 11 provide more specific steps. This is the 4th clip from my interview with Kevin.

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Part I: Theology and Context

Using the frameworks of practical theology and missional ecclesiology, we provide an introduction to the work of leadership and to social theory, including matters of social contexts, cultural variables, and ethnic identity.

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