Intercultural Ministries

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The Next Step in Unity
PSWD Intercultural Gathering
March 28-30, 2014
Hosted by: Pacific Southwest District and Iglesia Principe de Paz

Leaders gathered together for The Great Multitude Symposium in Virlina 2013.
Photo by Mandy Garcia

Intercultural ministries has been invigorated and supported by many within in the denomination who have been willing to speak up on behalf of the Revelation 7:9 vision. Among those visionary leaders are these who gathered together for The Great Multitude Symposium in Virlina 2013.

What does it mean to be God’s family? The Church of the Brethren has committed itself to being transformed completely—as individuals, as congregations, as a denomination—so that we continually grow into the vision of Revelation 7:9. We seek to be separate no more.

After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. (Revelation 7:9)

Read the Annual Conference paper, "Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Church."

Rev Christine Smith Intercultural Luncheon takes you
“Beyond the Stained Glass Ceiling”

Annual Conference 2014
Thursday, 3 July 2014 @ 12:00

“The concept of the glass ceiling is not new. In the secular realm, the glass ceiling represents the barrier that prevents qualified individuals from excelling beyond a certain level due to their race, gender, or orientation. For those of us who serve in the sacred or religious realm, we know it as the stained glass ceiling, referring to the barriers imposed by churches.”

– Rev. Christine A. Smith, M. Div
Senior Pastor of Covenant Baptist Church, Wicklifee Ohio
From her book Beyond the Stained Glass Ceiling:
Equipping and Encouraging Female Pastors

Available on: Amazon | Judson Press

Rev. Smith will share her insights and wisdom about addressing the interlocking injustices of sexism and racism within the contemporary church. Seating is limited so buy your tickets early!

Intercultural Ministries news

Conferees discuss bridge-building at Pacific Southwest District gathering (April 1, 2014)

Brethren from Pacific Southwest District congregations met recently to talk about how to put hands and feet on a unity statement they adopted in 2007. Some 30 Brethren gathered March 28-30 at Principe de Paz Church of the Brethren in Santa Ana, Calif., to talk about how they could be more intentional in their efforts to build bridges across racial, cultural, ethnic, and religious boundaries. Read more »

Next intercultural gathering to be co-sponsored by Pacific Southwest District (February 7, 2014)

Co-sponsored by the Intercultural Ministries of the Church of the Brethren and Pacific Southwest District, the next intercultural gathering in the Church of the Brethren will be held March 28-30 at Iglesia Principe de Paz in Santa Ana, Calif. Read more »

Great Multitude Symposium considers the intercultural vision of church (November 14, 2013)

The 50 participants at the “Great Multitude Symposium” Oct. 25-27 in Virlina District ranged from retired pastors to young adults. They traveled from California, and just a few miles down the mountain from the conference center. They spoke Hausa, German, Spanish, and English. Read more »

The Time Is Now: An Annual Conference statement from the summer of 1963 (August 23, 2013)

The following statement was adopted by the 1963 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, which met in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., that June. The statement is reprinted here as published in the "Gospel Messenger" magazine of July 20, 1963, pp. 11 and 13: "The time is now to heal our racial brokenness..." Read more »