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Jul092012

Annual Report of the Multicultural Ministry Team

Report of The Multicultural Ministry Team

Submitted by The Rev. Marisol Ferrer, Chair

 

Mission Statement: Awareness through education and action.

 

Statement of Purpose:  The Multicultural Ministry Team seeks to help the Synod churches become aware of multicultural ministry opportunities in the rapidly changing contexts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.  We seek to empower new ethnic and multicultural congregations; help existing congregations transition to minister to new ethnic populations; seek pastors for multicultural congregations; and lead the Synod in identifying resources for expanding ministry in a multicultural context.

 

The Multicultural Ministry Team began meeting every other month instead of monthly. This past year, we represented at the Asian Resource Center for a book discussion. We connected with the Women’s Ministries at the Riverside office and we continue to work with Earl James and the Multiracial Initiatives. By the end of the year, we began to widen our circle by summoning others to join the table discussions.

 

The recent use of technology has helped those who cannot attend our meetings at the RSMAt office. We pray this continues to be a route of communication for this important conversation and action in the area of multiculturalism.

 

Moving from classis meetings, we have been asked to visit some churches within the region. We held several discussions and followed up on advice pastors are searching for when it comes to their neighborhood and gifts of the church. This is an ongoing process.

 

We were also successful in launching the Multicultural Ministry Committee of the D-R Classis. Other Classes continue to have some sort of multicultural ministry. It is our intention to support the committees forming within the Classes.

 

We continue to educate the MMT through book readings. Our last book read was “Becoming an Anti-Racist Church: Journeying Toward Wholeness” by Joseph Barndt. We have other books lined up, including the inclusion of American Indians.

 

We hope and pray others begin to dialogue with each other on how we can become a church that truly represents the multitude that no one can count from every nation, tribe and language (from Rev. 7:9).

 

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