Diversity is one of our favorite buzzwords these days. It’s right up there with “Authentic” and “Relevant.”
So then, for the sake of being relevant(haha), I am putting together thoughts about Diversity, particularly in the church.
What does Diversity look like in the Church?
Diversity, the word, refers to a range of different things and a great deal of variety. The word is commonly understood to refer to racial diversity, a variety of different skin colors and ethnic people groups represented. Could also refer to gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. Socioeconomic status, educational level. Single, married, divorced, widowed, blended family. Within the Christian church, we have the further level of theological diversity. Calvinism, Arminianism, Lutheranism, Methodism, Catholicism, Baptist, Pentecostal, Hierarchical, Egalitarian, pre-trib, post-trib, a-millenial, Hipster church…
There’s lots of ways that people can be different from each other. Some differences arise from cultural norms or historical traditions. Things like how we dress, how we do church music, how we pray.
Some differences arise because of choices we make. Education, vocation, our values and beliefs.
The most important differences are the ones we can’t control. Gender assigned at birth. Skin color. Sexual orientation. Family of origin. Ethnic culture.
Most of the Diversity I want to talk about has to do with the factors we can’t control. These are the ones that affect us the most deeply and most profoundly affect the way we experience the rest of life.
A Diverse group could look like more than one gender, more than one age bracket, more than one skin color, more than one sexual orientation all sharing space together. Worshipping, eating, creating something together. Comfortable with each other.
Honestly, Diversity could look like many things.
What does Diversity look like to you?