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April 30, 2008


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Thank you for this post. I never understood how much assimilation didn't work until I, as an african american joined the staff of a predominantly white church. They said they wanted to become a multi-ethnic church, but after coming on board I soon discovered that who I was as a person was not really welcomed. I was invited, but my culture was not, and it was VERY difficult - it never feels good to have to be someone that you are not in order to be accepted....

So than you for writing this.... I am now on staff at a multi-ethnice congregation, and I appreciate being part of an authentic multi-ethnice community more after having my former experience! We don't have it all together, but people are allowed to come and be who they are culturally without feeling like they need to be someone that they are not and I find it refreshing!

Robin Harris

I attended a Mosaic Church in LA when we lived there two years ago and my eyes were really opened to the importance of multi-ethnic music and worship. I'm involved in a network for people involved in music and other arts in multi-ethnic and cross-cultural contexts. It is called ICE - the International Council of Ethnodoxologists. We are putting on a course that will have a "global song" component and I thought I'd let you know about it. If you'd like to spread the word through your church channels, we'd be grateful. Here's the press release:
LOOKING FOR TRAINING IN USING MUSIC IN CROSS-CULTURAL CONTEXTS? -- The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary offers a new, interactive workshop May 31-June 6, 2008 in ethnodoxology, the cutting-edge field integrating ethnomusicology and the arts with worship applications. The course “Introduction to Ethnodoxology: Connecting Global Worship to Global Mission” will be taught by a team of scholars and global song experts from the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE). The course equips students to cultivate culturally appropriate, biblical worship in international or multi-ethnic contexts. Early registration fee for the Workshop (postmark by May 15) is $375.00, postmark after May 15 is $475.00. Workshop Fee is noncredit. Graduate credit (3 hours) is also available. See
For more information, call 1-800-626-5525 (extension 4115) or email ecrookshank(at)sbts(dot)edu
Robin Harris
ICE Coordinator


I think you have a thorough understanding in this matter. You describe in detail all here.

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