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In a society that is increasingly diverse in race and ethnicity, religious background and theological conviction, socioeconomic status and political perspectives, this practical resource explores the broad dimensions of what it means to be a multicultural community of faithand relates the powerful story of how one group chose to pursue intentional inclusion and faithful intercultural ministry through ethnic caucuses and consensus-based decision-making. Grounded in biblical narrative as well as personal experiences, the book offers an authentic and honest look into a real-life experiment in inclusive ministry. Includes questions for personal reflection and ideas for small-group implementation.
A special thank you to the following people for their support of this book:
• Jeremy C.• Eva Cardrino• Arlington Community Church• Rev. Dr. Nancy Hall• The Honorable Rev. M. Christopher Boyer• E. Clem Winbush
"Intentionally Inclusive tells the story of the how a geographically regional association of Christian congregations choose to conduct their cooperative governance by arriving at decisions through ethnic caucus consensus rather than a majority rule vote.... This uncommon history provides a blueprint for how Christian congregations and organizations can respectfully collaborate in an inclusive common effort to advance the cause of Christ in our increasingly multi-cultural society." Rev. Dr. Robert Stephen Reid, Director of the MA in Organizational Communication, University of Dubuque; Interim Pastor, Japanese Baptist Church, Seattle, WA
"I wanted to thank you for your book. I had the opportunity to read it this weekend and am very impressed with how useful and valuable it will be in our regional work, especially in those regions experiencing an influx of new and different cultural groups. Thank whoever helped you purchase copies to distribute for me!"Rev. Steve Bils, Executive Minister, American Baptist Churches of the central Pacific Coast
Marcia J. Patton, PhD, MDiv, MAR, is the first executive minister of the newest American Baptist Churches USA region, the Evergreen Association. Evergreen Association is unique among American Baptists because it is organized around ethnic caucuses and does its work by consensus.
Prior to this appointment in 2004, she spent thirteen years as Associate Executive Minister with the American Baptist Churches of Northwest, and served as associate minister for churches in Pennsylvania, Utah, and New Jersey. Dr. Patton serves on the transition team with American Baptist Churches USA, and as a delegate to the National Council of Churches Assembly.
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