Talking Together as Christians Cross-Culturally
Confronting ministry, ethical and social issues
Congregations face a variety of issues in ministry, outreach, service, justice and peace that affect congregations' communities, American society and the world. Ministry across cultural boundaries is an important factor to consider in our increasingly diverse society and communities.
The church can begin to address these ministry issues across cultural boundaries by talking about them together as people of faith. To help congregations and members do that constructively and with confidence, the ELCA has developed two companion resources:
- Talking Together as Christians Cross-culturally: A Field Guide (revised ed.)
- Talking Together as Christians about Tough Social Issues
Access both of these resources on the ELCA's Moral Deliberation page.
Discussions and deliberation across cultural boundaries can be effective ways to engage ministry issues with a cross-cultural dimension. When conversation and deliberation are cross-cultural, the perspectives of people of color help shape the ministry of the church to reflect and address effectively the multicultural realities that will continue to emerge in both the church and our society in this century.
By incorporating such cross-cultural conversation into their regular practice, congregations and other expressions of the church both
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