I recently visited a restaurant near Richmond, Virginia that specializes in good old soul food. The plate was filled to the sides with enough food for 3 people. There was no way to finish the plate.
The world would be a wonderful place if we appreciated the diversity of people the way we appreciate the different cultures of food we enjoy. I enjoy all types of cuisines from all over the world. Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South American and of course, all the varieties we find right here in America. Different American cultures are also proud of their specialties. Philadelphia Cheese Steak sandwiches, Chicago Pizza, Cajun Gumbo, New England Clam Chowder, and North Carolina Barbeque, just to name a few. The list goes on and all.
Appreciating our differences is to be celebrated. Churches have the same opportunities to celebrate different cultures within their own congregation to begin a conversation of cultural awareness. Sometimes the first step in intercultural ministry is looking where we are right now to appreciate sameness and differences. What do you share with others in your congregation that is the same? Is it your ethnicity, gender, generation, history, etc. Where do you find differences? The same list still applies.
Guiding churches to understand both sameness and difference is foundational to intercultural ministry, a ministry of salt & light. Both salt and light are change agents and Christians are called to be the same catalysts for change. Have you noticed any changes in your community or inside the walls of your church? All around us are opportunities to share God’s love. We put together this video to explain how churches can open doors to prepare for the changing demographics of their communities. Pass the bread, its time to begin the conversation and thrive.
Awaken Our Hearts!