It was one of those nights when we should've just sat and drunk tea together! One of those nights when the ice-breakers... well ... didn't break much ice. One of those nights when worship felt a bit of an exercise. One of those nights when no one was really that bothered about Jonah.
But that's fine...
House group, cell church whatever... happened for us by just turning up. Tonight only four different nationalities! Our Sierra Leonian, Zambian, Zimbabweans, Botswanean, Congolese, Ghanian didn't make it! House group, cell church whatever happens for us because we making a conscious decision together not to sleepwalk our way to segregation.
Trevor Phillips - The Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality warns that:-
"we are sleepwalking our way to segregation. We are becoming strangers to each other and leaving communities to be marooned outside the mainstream."(Nick over at not that stratford makes more salient points here)
'Variegated Church' has much to say to society that is content to accept what Zygmunt Bauman calls 'mixophobia' which he says manifests itself in the drive towards islands of similarity and sameness admidst the sea of variety and difference. I guess the challenge for us all is to maintain values of 'congregation' as opposed 'segregation' - not only in terms of ethnicity, but also age, gender and socio-economic status - and be a church for everyone and not just for faces and talents that fit.
More blogs about multi-cultural church; segregation; Urban ministry.