Greenleaf’s Multi-Ethnicity team formed in March of 2017 with the aim to influence our church to be more multi-ethnic. We believe this is something God deeply values. It is part of the grand narrative of God’s desire for humanity, from start to finish in the Scriptures.
In Revelation 7:9-17 we see a beautiful picture of all tribes, tongues and nations reconciled to each other as one family, praising God. Additionally, when Jesus cleared the temple he referenced an Old Testament scripture that says, “my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations (Matthew 21:12-13).” The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are working to bring all nations together, into his house. This team has decided to follow them in their works and recognizes that, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice” (Martin Luther King, Jr.).
We celebrate the fact that since the beginning of Greenleaf’s birth in 2007, we have been categorized as a multi-cultural church (where not one people group are more than 80% of the church’s population). However, we want to press deeper than numeric representation and strive to develop a church culture that embraces “an attitude and practice of accepting people of all ethnic, class and national origins as equal and fully participating members and ministers in the fellowship of the church; and the manifestation of this attitude and practice by the involvement of people from different ethnic, social and national communities as members in the church.” (Paul Hiebert)
If you’re interested, please join us! We meet every month (see Greenleaf Calendar) to create a safe space to discuss these things. All meetings are open and we collaborate towards active solutions. If you cannot join us, but have important feedback about how we can be a more welcoming church, please don’t hesitate to email or directly speak to Alain Aguilar.