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Theologians on multiculturalism

About 40 ELCA teaching theologians met July 29-Aug. 1 in Prior Lake, Minn., for a multicultural seminar, “New Day Begun: Engaging Our Wholeness.”

The participants (most of whom were theologians of color or whose primary language is not English) discussed the church’s calling to be racially, ethnically and culturally inclusive.

Advances in the church prompted the theme, said Rosemary Dyson, associate executive director, ELCA Multicultural Ministries, adding that in 1988 “you could count the number of theologians [of color] on one hand [while now there are more than 40]. The growth in the number of theologians of color, multicultural leaders and multicultural congregations signals a new day has begun in the ELCA.”


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