Building multiracial, multilingual and multicultural communities of faith
Then people will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God. (Luke 13:29)
While the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) continues to be largely European American, the newest growth in the church is among immigrants and in some racial ethnic congregations. Thus the newest “mission field” for us in the church is to engage in “mission in reverse” by consulting with European American congregations and mid councils in order to assist them in their efforts to become more diverse as they seek to better reflect the communities that surround them.
In Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries the Office of Intercultural Ministries is intentionally designed and staffed to do just that. Under the leadership of Sterling Morse, the office acts as a resource to congregations and mid councils and works with the Presbyterian Mission Agency offices and other groups to provide leadership in developing strategies and ministries and in coordinating efforts for intercultural ministry. By doing so, we assist the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in its efforts to become God’s beloved community — building multiracial, multilingual and multicultural communities of faith and empowering congregations and mid councils as they seek to claim, celebrate and appreciate all of God’s children of every race and culture.
How good and pleasant it is when the people of God live together in unity. (Psalm 133:1)
Meet the Rev. Dr. Sterling Morse
As coordinator for Intercultural Ministries, Sterling’s work includes:
the promotion of ministries and programs at all levels of the church that assist the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in growing its racial and cultural diversity deep and wide
doing “reverse evangelism” — to promote and assist culturally specific congregations, primarily predominantly European American, to engage in strategies and initiatives to grow diversity within, and in new opportunities for mission in the community and the world
working with mid councils and other PC(USA) agencies and groups to train and equip leaders to meet the challenges of doing cross cultural ministries.