Celebrate Multicultural Church Sunday
Although the PC(USA) chose May 15, as Multicultural Church Sunday, you may decide to observe this special emphasis any time that your congregation chooses.
As we strive together as Presbyterians to live out our church-wide calling to Grow Christ’s Church Deep and Wide in diversity, Multicultural Church Sunday allows us to reflect on the three main goals of that emphasis:
1) Welcome everyone
2) Learn from others
3) Reflect the cultural, socio-economic and ethnic diversity of God’s people in the world
Multicultural Leadership Training and/or Individual Consultations
If you are seeking support or additional resources for multicultural ministries in your congregation or governing body, consultants may be available on a per diem basis. Please email Raafat Girgis for further information or assistance.
Download our “Suggested Readings” to find resources and liturgies to help you to interpret the Multicultural Church Sunday emphasis in your own congregation. Also use this list of books and resources as you plan your celebration.
Consider joining or renewing your congregation’s membership in the Presbyterian Multicultural Partnership Fund or sending a team to one of many multicultural church leadership events this year. Download a Save-the-Date flier that lists many upcoming events.
Plan on using the article from The Thoughtful Christian entitled, “What is Multicultural Worship?” for adult Sunday school classes on May 15 by downloading the leader’s and participant’s guides. The Rev. Barbara Anderson – who has co-pastored the Pasadena Presbyterian Church with her husband, the Rev. Mark Smutny for nearly 15 years – recalled that the congregation’s vision began with just such a Bible study. “The multicultural ministry did not exist in any of our minds,” said Anderson. “It could have been possible only in the mind of God.”
We pray that on this Multicultural Church Sunday – and every day – that we may all work together with God’s help to continue to envision and shape a church that more nearly reflects the reality of our world, our faith, and what is possible in the mind of God.