From integration to Cross-Cultural
By Sterling Morse, Coordinator, Cross Cultural Ministries and Congregational Support
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is wonderfully diverse. People from all over the globe, representing many racial groups and cultures, have been drawn to American shores to become active co-participants in the PC(USA)’s missional, pastoral and prophetic witness. Such diversity provides our denomination and particular congregations with grand opportunities for fellowship and mutual service. History informs us that true integration doesn’t happen overnight. Despite the integration of public institutions such as schools and workplaces, our churches’ Sunday worship hour remains the most segregated hour of the week. Continue Reading
Old Bergen Church, Jersey City, N.J.
Old Bergen Church was established in 1660 by a group of Dutch immigrants. For over 350 years it has been serving that same community now known as Jersey City. These days it is home to a handful of descendents of those Dutch Reformed settlers; 24 percent of the congregation is Caucasian. It has also become home to numerous individuals and communities that include a new generation of immigrants who now reside in the Journal Square neighborhood a short train commute from Manhattan.