*Resources on Intercultural Ministry
*Resources for Studying America's Cultural Diversity
Articles on Intercultural Ministry
1) There's Gold in the City by Gregg Detwiler
In this article, Rev. Dr. Gregg Detwiler, Director of Intercultural Ministries at the Emmanuel Gospel Center reflects on how our thinking and theology can better align with God’s perspective, vision, and value regarding cities.
2) Emerging Trend in Marriage in the Indian Christian Community in America
by Thomas Idiculla, PhD, and Leslie Verghese, LCSW
The authors share the results of their recent study on Emerging Trends in Marriage in the Indian Christian Community within the broader context of marriage trends in the United States. “Amidst this chaotic environment, Indian Christians in North America have been facing some unprecedented challenges in balancing the contemporary trends, traditions held on to for many years, and their deep rooted Christian faith,” they report. And while the study focuses on the Indian Christian Community, it identifies issues common to many others in the church and society, while offering practical data and recommendations that inform, inspire, and strengthen marriages according to God’s design.
3) Cambodian Christians in New England
Cambodians, like other immigrant groups, settled where there was economic access to start their lives, as well as a potential sense of community. The Greater Boston area became such a place for them since the 80s and has the second largest Cambodian population outside Cambodia. However, there are only a relatively small number of Christians. Thus the Cambodian community is a mission field, in desperate need of enabled, equipped, and supported workers. In this issue, we take a look at Cambodian Christians in Metro Boston, particularly Lowell, Massachusetts, as a way to better understand what God is doing among Cambodian Christians across New England.
4) International Student Ministry in Boston by Michael Dean
With over 65 postsecondary institutions and a student population of between 250,000-300,000, the Greater Boston area continues to attract people from around the world to its colleges and universities. In this article, veteran campus minister Michael Dean provides us with a report outlining the opportunity and activity of ministry among international students in the metro-Boston area, its local contribution to the Quiet Revival, and reminds us of the future global impact as international students who have found Christ return to their homelands.
5) New England's Native Americans: A Brief History of Christian Ministry & Churches
by Rudy Mitchell
Most conversations today using the words “Native Americans” and “Massachusetts” in the same sentence are centered on casino gambling, a hot topic in New England. This article considers a more important conversation: the historic and present relationship between New England’s Native Americans and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rudy Mitchell, Senior Researcher at Emmanuel Gospel Center, offers a brief, historical summary of how Protestant Europeans, Native Americans, and the Gospel message have interacted over the last 400 years. We believe it is important for Christians of other cultures living in New England to recognize the active Christian presence and witness among the region's Native American peoples, who, as an arm of the church, are a part of what God is doing in our region today and tomorrow.
6) New England's Newcomers
by Rudy Mitchell
Did you know there are over 2,000 Indonesians living in New Hampshire? Or that there is a city in Maine that has over 3,000 Somalians? Perhaps because of their size or media exposure, it’s easy to hyper-focus on the City of Boston or even the Commonwealth of Massachusetts when considering immigration and population changes in New England. In this article, Rudy Mitchell, Senior Researcher at the Emmanuel Gospel Center, provides some eye-opening summary tables and surprising statistics that demonstrate the diversity and distribution of immigrants across the six New England states. Through the process of immigration, people from around the world are streaming into New England, starting new lives as well as new churches, and rapidly reshaping the popular image of the region.
7) Race and Reconciliation
by John Runyon
“Reconciliation: Hope for Tortured Histories” is authored by John Runyon. He and a group of nearly 50 leaders from around the globe spent two years exploring the subject of reconciliation as members of the Issue Group on Reconciliation, organized by the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization. Runyon's comments, links to the final paper of the Lausanne Issue Group, and a score of other resources may help provide for us a practical, theological momentum to impact the way the gospel of reconciliation touches the ground in our own backyards and on the streets of our cities.
Resources on Intercultural Ministry
Anderson, David A. Gracism: The Art of Inclusion. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity
Christerson, Brad, Korie Edwards, and Michael Emerson. Against All Odds: The Struggle
for Racial Integration in Religious Organizations, New York: New York
University Press, 2005.
Conde-Frazier, Elizabeth, S. Steve Kang, and Gary A. Parret. A Many Colored Kingdom:
Multicultural Dynamics for Spiritual Formation. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker
DeYmaz, Mark, and Harry Li. Ethnic Blends: Mixing Diversity into Your Local Church.
Grand Rapids,MI: Zondervan, 2010.
DeYoung, Curtiss Paul, Michael O. Emerson, George Yancey, and Karen Chai Kim.
United by Faith. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Elmer, Duane. Cross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry.
Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1993.
Emerson, Michael O., and Rodney M. Woo. People of the Dream: Multiracial
Congregations in the United States. Princeton: NJ: Princeton University Press,
Foster, Charles R., and Theodore Brelsford. We Are the Church Together: Cultural
Diversity in Congregational Life. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International,
Foster, Charles R. Embracing Diversity: Leadership in Multicultural Congregations.
Bethesda, MD: The Alban Institute, 1997.
Guder, Darrell L., editor. Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in
North America. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998.
Harris, Paula, and Doug Schaupp. Being White: Finding Our Place in a Multiethnic
World. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2004.
Hawn, C. Michael. One Bread, One Body: Exploring Cultural Diversity in Worship.
Bethesda, MD: The Alban Institute, 2003.
Lanier, Sarah A. Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot- and Cold-Climate
Cultures. Hagerstown, MD: McDougal Publishing Company, 2000.
Law, Eric H. F. Inclusion: Making Room for Grace. St. Louis: Chalice, 2000.
Law, Eric H. F. The Bush Was Blazing But Not Consumed. St. Louis: Chalice Press,
Law, Eric H. F. The Wolf Shall Dwell With the Lamb. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1993.
Ortiz, Manuel. One New People: Models for Developing a Multiethnic Church. Downers
Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1996.
Parker, Sara, and Raafat Girgis. Living the Vision: Becoming a Multicultural Church.
Louisville: Presbyterian Church (USA), Evangelism & Church Witness, 2005.
Rah, Soong-Chan. Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church. Chicago:
Moody Press, 2010.
Rah, Soong-Chan. The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural
Captivity. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2009.
Schattauer, Thomas, Karen Ward, and Mark Bungert. What Does Multicultural Worship
Look Like? Minneapolis: Augsburg Press, 1996.
Sheffield, Daniel R. The Multicultural Leader: Developing A Catholic Personality.
Toronto: Clements Pub., 2005.
Volf, Miroslav. Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity,
Otherness, and Reconciliation. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996.
Warner, R. Stephen, and Judith Wittner, eds. Gatherings in Diaspora: Religious
Communities and the New Immigration. Philadelphia: Temple University Press,
Washington, Raleigh, and Glen Kehrein. Breaking Down Walls: A Model for
Reconciliation in an Age of Racial Strife. Chicago: Moody Press, 1993.
Yancey, George. One Body, One Spirit: Principles of Successful Multiracial Churches.
Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2003.
Resources for Studying America's Cultural Diversity
Barkan, Elliott, ed. A Nation of Peoples: A Sourcebook on America’s Multicultural
Heritage.Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999.
Buenker, John D., and Lorman A. Ratner, eds. Multiculturalism in the United States: A
Comparative Guide to Acculturation and Ethnicity. Revised and expanded edition. Westport,
Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.
Ciment, James, editor. Encyclopedia of American Immigration. 4 vols. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe,
Inc., Sharpe Reference, 2001.
Dassanowsky, Robert von, and Jeffrey Lehman, editors. Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural
America. 3rd edition. 3 vols. Detroit: Gale Cengage Publishing, 2008.
Contains 175 essays averaging about 8,000 words each. It covers many of the ethnic,
ethnoreligious, and Native American cultural groups living in America today.
Extensive online essays on many different cultural groups in America.
Thernstrom, Stephen. Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. Cambridge, Mass.:
Belknap Press of Harvard University, 1980.
For background information on countries of the world:
Neville, Robert G., editor. World Bibliographical Series. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Clio Press. This
series of many volumes provides detailed book length bibliographies of each country. Generally each
book covers one country. Although some have become dated, most of the books are still useful. See also
Clio Press Global Studies Handbooks series.
Portals to the World contains selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the
nations and other areas of the world. They are arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted
into a wide range of broad categories. The links were selected by Area Specialists and other Library staff
using Library of Congress selection criteria.
These are online copies of the country handbooks produced by the Federal Research Division of the
Library.The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the
social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of 101 countries throughout the
world. Updated country profiles are also available here.