not a typical canadian wedding: When Jessie
and nigel paul were married last summer, the
bride danced Bollywood-style with guests,
a local imam congratulated the newlywed
couple, and twelve hundred neighbours and
friends from 30 cultures attended the wedding in two shifts. See sidebar, page 20.
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sians (white-skinned people). Monocultural churches
from dozens of ethnic groups have sprung up all over
the country, with denominations encouraging and funding their growth. They in turn have spawned daughter
churches and established vital ministries to immigrants
from their own countries, yet don’t often reach out beyond their own cultures.
“There [are] a lot of churches that talk about this stuff,
but few do it,” says Baha Habashy, a consultant and coach
who has worked with churches as well as corporations.
Even when there’s a desire to move in the direction of an
intercultural church, it doesn’t always happen. “There’s
a difference between the desire to change and the will-
ingness to change,” he points out. “Willingness is when
you’re willing to pay the price of change. And very few
churches are willing to pay the price.”
The length and structure of the service, the length of
the sermon, the style of music, the way of praying, the use