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Doi Video: Inclusion, Exclusion, Power

Pastor Doi connects how Epic church cares about inclusion, rooted in Jesus stories. The church attends to how matters of power and inclusion affect church conversation patterns, meals, and worship. → On p 140, Martínez writes about the importance of … Read the Post

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Buchanan Video: Training Deacons

In a church that was changing from being dominantly Euro American to being about half African American, the move toward integrated leadership was critical. Rev. Buchanan focuses on training deacons for cross-cultural ministry. → This story is on p 145. … Read the Post

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Buchanan Video: Friendships

Rev. Buchanan’s stories about cross-cultural friendships indicate how these change the imagination of a church. It is important to notice the human and holy factors that shape such relationships. → On p 63, Branson defines the work of “congregational formation … Read the Post

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Manning Video: Bonding with Humor, Serving, & a Birthday Party

In our conversation about the transition to being a multicultural church, Pastor Manning talked about humorous conversations and poignant gatherings.

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Manning Video: Living in the Community & Changed Perspectives

I interviewed Kerwin Manning about how Pasadena Church is connecting with its own neighborhood. This is one of a series with Pastor Manning, who is leading a traditional African American Church of God congregation toward ethnic diversity.

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Documentary on Chinese Americans

“Becoming American: The Chinese Experience” A set of 3 videos produced by Bill Moyers —  from the Gold Rush, through exclusion and the changing legal environment, to recent decades of new immigration, these Chinese American stories cover matters that are … Read the Post

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Documentaries on Mexican American Migrations

The southwest border of the US is a unique boundary that is full of stories, meanings, challenges, suffering, and hope. These documentaries provide perspectives and insights. (These comments are drawn from their websites.) Calvera Highway, from PBS’ POV series, is … Read the Post

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Site Overview

Introduction

By engaging ethnic histories and hearing personal autobiographies we are participating in God's creative work of shaping and reshaping church life and mission.

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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.

Part II: Sociocultural Perspectives

Cultural anthropology provides insights into social power and human dynamics that vary among cultures. Topics include worldviews, relationships, identity, language, and perception and thinking.

Part III: Leadership, Communication and Change

We need to develop the skills and capacities for communication and leadership in intercultural settings in order to engage the challenges of church life and mission in multicultural contexts.

Resources

We are assembling resources for pastors, professors, and students -- websites, cinema, documentaries, group exercises, books, and Bible studies.