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Crossing the Ethnic DivideThe Multiethnic Church on a Mission$
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Kathleen Garces-Foley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195311082

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311082.001.0001

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 Becoming a Multiethnic Church

 Becoming a Multiethnic Church

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Crossing the Ethnic Divide

Kathleen Garces-Foley (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores what it means to call a church “multiethnic”. It distinguishes the multiethnic church from other institutional forms that urban churches have developed to “manage” diversity by defining the multiethnic church as an inclusive, ethnically diverse community. In practice, such churches are often criticized for ignoring or overemphasizing diversity. The challenge for the multiethnic church is to both affirm the unique ethnic heritage of its members and create a shared sense of community. The chapter considers how Evergreen has institutionalized its commitment to the inclusion of diversity, and how the significance of ethnic identity is understood in this multiethnic setting.

Keywords:   multiethnic church, diversity, community, Evergreen Baptist Church, ethnic identity

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