Faith Transcends culture
God is doing some amazing things within the diversity
of the church in canada.
Many Canadians are proud of the multicultural nature of our country – quick to celebrate our many cultures of origin and how they contribute to the richness of our common life. In our cover story “Beyond Our Cultural Comfort Zone,” senior writer Debra Fieguth asks if our churches are weak in this area. Why are Canadians of different races and ethnic backgrounds able to live and work together – but rarely
to worship together?
Historically, our denominations have intentionally
(and successfully) planted churches focused on individual
demographic groups. It’s easiest, and therefore stewardly,
to build a faith community among people who share the
same heritage and speak with the same accent.
But as more of our neighbourhoods become a mix of
peoples, a congregation that remains monocultural begins
to look like an exclusive club instead of a community welcoming all nations at the foot of the cross.
Change takes hard work, but churches making the attempt to become intercultural report they are rediscovering a
richness the very first churches enjoyed (and struggled with).
Another privilege we have in diverse Canada is publicly
discussing our values. In “The Federal Budget: A Moral
Document,” EFC vice-president Don Hutchinson explains
how and why The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada is ur-
ging the Government of Canada to make families, compas-
sion and charities three important priorities in its budget
planning. Each of these three has a role to play “in securing
the continued strength of our nation,” explains Hutchinson,
who traces these ideas back to biblical sources.
Gail reid is managing editor of Faith Today and
director of publishing and resourcing for The
Evangelical Fellowship of canada.
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