The Multi-Ethnic Journey is not Optional

This is the tenth post in my series reflecting on ONS. For more posts in this series, check out the series frontpage: InterVarsity's Orientation for New Staff 

Paula Fuller addressed the ONS class this morning.

She talked about our value for evangelism and encouraged us to celebrate the thousands of students who have started following Christ over the last several years, a number that grows larger and larger with each year.

She talked about our value for planting and building ministry in every corner of campus, working with athletes and arts students, Greeks and ... well ... students from Greece.

She talked about multi-ethnicity.

Talking about multi-ethnicity is a tricky thing. Some hear it and feel like we're trying to be PC. Some hear it and feel shame and guilt. Some hear it and feel frustration that everybody doesn't already know this already.

But mostly, some hear talk of multi-ethnicity and feel that this is an optional value.

We would never say this about evangelism. Or about growth.

Why does multi-ethnicity feel optional?

For many of us, we didn't grow up hearing about multi-ethnicity as a biblical value. We would be hard-pressed to point to a passage that speak directly to God's perspective on ethnicity. And if we don't see that ethnicity matters to God, why should it matter to us?

Here's an video conversation our new Staff engaged today, showing some of God's value for ethnicity and how this influences our ministries ...

Ethnicity Matters from InterVarsity twentyonehundred on Vimeo.

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