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'Church has northern European coating'

About 300 people--African Americans, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, American Indians and whites--took part in the annual ELCA Multicultural Mission Institute in Washington, D.C., Nov. 7-9.

"We have the opportunity and the responsibility to grow not only in numbers but in responsibility," Callon W. Holloway Jr. told the group. Congregations say they want to grow, but what they really want is cloning, said the Southern Ohio Synod bishop. "We don't want to let anyone in, including our children," he added.

Churches are encrusted with the cultural coating of northern Europe, which will continue to be a barrier to those not of that culture, Holloway said.


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