I believe the Kingdom of God values diversity. Those images of welcome feasts and animals lying together are significant enough for me to believe that the toil of diversity is worth it – for the sake of the church, the sake of the world, and the sake of the kingdom.
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I have had four years now to reflect on my experience at the International Protestant Church of Zurich, and I can report this much: If the church in North America is ever going to become more racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse, it has a great deal of work to do.
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Along with every other form of diversity, what would it look like for the church to pursue economic diversity? What would it look like for rich and poor to co-exist in the life of a congregation, so that those surface differences would remain just that?
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Diversity was not something I was completely in tune with – that is, until I became more immersed in my theological studies. Truthfully, I didn’t learn to embrace my own cultural diversity in light of the broader composition of the United States until I left my bubble of Miami and found my way up to Chicago, where I was no longer a part of the dominant culture.
Since high school I have been saying out loud: “God has called me to ministry.” Over five years ago I finally said out loud: “I am gay.” These were two things that I did not think could be true at the same time.