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Ethnic diversity in area churches

Catholic church building
Catholic church building
AP Photo/Susan Walsh

I have a dream that one day the church will live up to its own truth, that the earth is the Lord’s and every person in it.

I have a dream that one day in Dallas, Garland, and Rockwall white, black, and brown faces will worship side by side in the same room.

I have a dream that one day the church will be on the front lines of justice instead of waiting in the wings.

I have a dream that one day my children’s white faces will contribute to a tapestry of color praising their creator together.

I share a dream that one day there will be “a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
Who sits upon the throne,
And to the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9-10 


And so begins a month long conversation about the ethnic makeup of the churches in this area. Are we ethnically diverse? What about your own church? Leave a comment and tell me about it.


  • Trey 5 years ago

    At our church on Sunday morning, an African-American family decided almost on a whim to come to our worship assembly. They stood out like a sore thumb.

    On the other hand, I worship with a church that's planting Spanish-speaking churches around the city. Admirable and needed efforts, yet I wonder why we don't share worship space more often.

    We're definitely in the "on the road but not there yet" phase.

  • Marla Finley 5 years ago

    I share your dream. I'm not sure how to be a part of that fulfillment though. It was awesome seeing you host those kids from across the street this week. I sure hope they felt welcome.

  • Amy 5 years ago

    A few years ago I attended a free jazz night at the Dallas Museum of Art downtown. I was struck by the diversity of the people in the room. They ranged from affluent to homeless, young to mature, and I could see skin tones of every color. As I sat there I realized how beautiful it was to join together with people who didn't look just like me. I wonder what it would take for our worship to look like that: a rainbow of diversity, united in our love for Christ.

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