Churches Suffer From Lack of Diversity
By Jonathan Zamboni
Victor Aloyo, Ph.D.
NEW YORK--Churches and other faith-based institutions may not be practicing what they preach when it comes to brotherhood among men and women.
According to an informal survey, scores of churches need to boost their multicultural efforts in order to bring about more multiculturalism, which will be more in tune with Biblical teachings.
A recent book said that a catastrophic lack of diversity is plaguing America’s churches, and that only a scant few congregations have moved beyond traditional boundaries of race and ethnicity.
In Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Culture, Evangelical pastor-turned-academic Rev. Soong-Chan Rah declares that less than 10 percent of American parishes are multi-ethnic. For Rah, and many other pastors and theologians around the country, this scarcity represents a threat to the very life of the church.
At the same time, many observers see ethnic sectarianism as a basic consequence of human nature, the result of individuals looking for social spaces in which they feel secure.
“People feel comfortable with their own kind,” says Lee Yuen Lew, Ph.D., a professor of at Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus. “Unless they make friends with people and become close with another culture, they will probably basically prefer to stick to their own kind.”
Lew sees the pattern occurring throughout the world, both in America and overseas: “I have a sister ...Read More
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