Commission on Intercultural Ministries

Our Purpose

The Commission for Intercultural Ministry seeks to help our worship communities welcome and appreciate the great diversity of people among and around us. This diversity goes beyond ethnicity and “race”; we come to church from different religious backgrounds, family systems, ages and sexual orientations.

Genuinely appreciating each other is the hard but rewarding work that Jesus calls us to do. It means reaching out to people we don’t know. It entails inviting others to share their stories. It requires us to truly listen.

When we pursue this work of reaching out, we ourselves are changed.

What We Do

The Commission for Intercultural Ministry has no agenda except to help local congregations appreciate the diversity inherent in their faith and residential communities.

- We offer ourselves as consultants to your congregation to help you explore how you might accentuate and appreciate the gifts of diversity that are already present in your congregation. We can bring you caring, objective outsiders who are ready to listen, reflect and affirm. It’s a gentle process of self-discovery that can facilitate both regrets and celebrations.

- Our “tool kit” consists of our individual career experiences and the learning we have derived from listening attentively and respectfully to each other.

- We also offer a single-day (eight-hour) anti-racism training. Per action taken at the 2009 General Convention (Resolution A142), all clergy and lay leaders are expected to receive anti-racism training. The intent of this resolution is that all Episcopal clergy and lay leaders should take anti-racism training and periodically renew their training.

- Either process could begin with your Vestry or with any other ministry group in your congregation. We do not charge for our time with you, but we do ask for travel expenses.

Who We Are

The Commission for Intercultural Ministry is comprised of faithful Episcopalians, both lay and clergy, who are committed to promoting the cultural wealth of the diocese.

The commission was given this charge by Bishop Beisner in the fall of 2008.

Does this ministry call to you?

Please join us! Contact either of the co-chairs for the next meeting time or check the website calendar. Our in-person meetings are held in the Sacramento area, but we often hold meetings by conference call. So don’t let distance stop you!

Questions?

Please contact any member of the commission for questions.

2017 Committee Members

Native American/Indigenous Ministries

The commission supports the work of commission member and Native American Ministries Missioner the Rev. Lewis "Sitting Panther" Powell. Specific goals of Episcopal Native American/Indigenous Ministries include the following:

- To ensure that Native Peoples are recognized and welcomed into congregational life through a network of education resources, advocacy and leadership development

- To develop a national support system for continued remembrance, recognition and reconciliation of all Native Peoples

For more information, please visit http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/indigenous-ministries.

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