Churches host multicultural event in L.A.

Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Reformed Church in America will come together to celebrate diversity at the “Spirit of Wholeness in Christ: a Racial Ethnic Multicultural Event” today, July 12, through Sun., July 15 in Los Angeles.

“People of all ethnicities and races will have the opportunity to learn, value and appreciate racial and cultural differences,” said Rosemary Dyson, associate executive director, ELCA Multicultural Ministries.

The event will include 46 workshops, two keynote presentations and two worship services. Workshops include: “Katrina Two Years Later: the Continuing Struggle for Racial and Social Justice,” “Daily Life in the American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities” and a discussion of how to include the positive aspects of hiphop culture into ministry.

On July 12, the Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Reformed Church in America, will deliver the keynote address. Lewis is the senior minister of vision, worship and the arts at Middle Collegiate Church, New York.

The Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), founder and executive director of Atlanta Ministry with International Students in Atlanta, will also speak. He serves as the director of National Christmas International House Program in 32 cities.

The Rev. Jose David Rodriguez, ELCA, professor of systematic theology at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, will preach on July 13. Rodriguez is the director of the seminary’s Master of Theology and doctoral degree programs. He is a member of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians.

The Rev. Steven Toshio Yamaguchi, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), will preach at the event’s closing worship on July 15. Yamaguchi is a member of the board of trustees, San Francisco Theological Seminary and Westmont College in Santa Barbara. He is a columnist for “Presbyterians Today” and a regular preacher on “Day One,” formerly the “Protestant Hour” radio program.

For information about the event, go to multicultural/spirit.html.

This story provided by Worldwide Faith News and the Evangelical Lutheran News Service.

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