The multicultural character of
Christian faith and how to reflect that in our worshipping and governing
communities are not unique issues for Presbyterians,
though the Reformed polity and tradition presents its own challenges because of
the way it vests power in majority groups. Even sincere and well-meaning people
in majority cultures need to work at understanding the needs of minorities. Most do not
find it easy to understand
all that may involve.
- Asian Ministry, Candour, 7, August 2003
Council of Asian Congregations, Report to General Assembly, 2002.
- Allan K Davidson, Aotearoa New Zealand. Defining Moments
in the Gospel-Culture Encounter, WCC, 1996, especially chapter 5.
- Curtiss Paul De Young, et al, United by Faith. The
Multicultural Congregation as an answer to the problem of Race, NY, NY:
- Charles R Foster,
Leadership in Multicultural Congregations, Alban Institute, 1997
(chapter one pdf).
Growing a Multicultural Church,
- Young Lee Hertig, Cultural Tug of War : The Korean
Immigrant Family and Church in Transition. Nashville, TN: Abingdon
Press, 2001. (held by the Hewitson Library)
- Inside Out 36, A multicultural church - can we
live together?, October/November 2003. See also
Welcoming Strangers and
house of prayer for all nations?
- Kit for Multi-Cross Cultural Congregations, $5 from
CRA, PO Box 5134, Wellesley Street, Auckland, NZ. Tel (09) 377 4985.
Islanders' Synod, Report to General Assembly, 2002.
Evangelism and Racial & Cultural Diversity
- Robert Schreiter,
Ministry for a
- sPanz February 2004 available from
sPanZ All Issues:
"Helping Asians feel at home," Paul Kim, "Reaching the Young Asian-Kiwis,"
Heeni Collins, "Bridging the gap for Chinese students," Stuart Vogel, "The
gospel of sport and music," and Mary-Jane Konings, "sPanz Youth, Sook Ryu."
- Jemaima Tiatia, Caught between Cultures, available
for purchase for $10 from CRA, PO Box 5134, Wellesley Street, Auckland, NZ. Tel (09) 377 4985.
- Uniting Church of Australia,
Diversity (Building Church Leaders)