American Baptists take delight in diversity

May be most diverse mainline Protestant denomination
The American Baptist Churches USA convention this summer was typical of many church gatherings in displaying ethnic and racial diversity. But many ABC leaders think that their denomination may be the most diverse among mainline Protestant churches.

Worship services and other events at the June 25-28 biennial convention in Pasadena, California, featured traditional hymns, mariachi bands, gospel choirs and even Hawaii’s first African-American hula dance troupe. Delegates enjoyed Latin and Asian cuisine at a reception called “We Are ABC: A Multi-Cultural Family Fest.”

Small-group caucuses included those for African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Haitian and Portuguese-speaking churches and ministers. Baptist Burmese refugees held their first-ever caucus.


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