Monday, April 18, 2005

Diversity in Churches

I and many others have been very critical of the lack of diversity on college campuses. Well here's an excerpt from an interesting Christianity Today Magazine article: "If the statistics in the book bear out, it means that less than 6 percent of American churches are multiethnic, given what I think are the authors' fairly generous guidelines of 80 percent of one ethnic group and 20 percent of another. Those are pretty wide guidelines, and still less than 6 percent of American churches approach that.

If we were to hear of any other institution in the United States that had those kinds of statistics, we would be outraged. If less than 6 percent of universities or government institutions were integrated, we would say there is something seriously wrong."

I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that there is more intellectual diversity in American Churches than in American universities.

Still, the fact that most churches remain generally monoracial is an embarrassment to those who attend them.

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