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A Note from the Director

I recently took my first trip since the CRCNA had restricted travel in March 2020 due to the pandemic. It was absolutely amazing to get in my car and drive to Indiana for the SEAPI board meeting. I also flew to North Carolina to visit two emerging ministries among African Americans. My friends, all of the creative leaders I meet are doing a new thing among us. This movement of the Spirit is changing the face of the CRC in innovative ways.

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Multicultural Stories from the Diaspora 

Coming Into the CRC

An increasing number of pastors from other denominations are seeking to be ordained in the CRCNA through its Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidacy (EPMC), that includes Josephine Wong. Learn about her as well as three other people enrolled in the program.

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Consejo Latino

Waiting ‘with Open Arms’

Coming to the United States 25 years ago from Cali, Colombia, John Harold Caicedo and his family ran into tough times. Now, he is the pastor of Iglesia Cristiana El Sembrador Church in Fontana, Calif.

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Native American

Stanley Jim Builds Relationships

Stanley Jim, pastor of Window Rock Christian Reformed Church on reservation land in Arizona, helps people deal with the trauma of the pandemic and others experiencing poverty, drug addiction, or alcoholism.

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Meet Scholarship Recipient: Seunghwan Roh

Get to know Seunghwan “David” Roh and his background as he begins his second semester at Calvin Theological Seminary after previously serving at churches in South Korea

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Planting Multiethnic Churches along the US East Coast

Marco Avila learned many lessons as a church planter that he now uses as a regional leader for Resonate Global Mission. 

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Thank You!

A big thank you to all of the churches who celebrated Diversity Sunday in August and held a special offering for this ministry. We are blessed by three avenues of financial support: CRC ministry shares, designated church offerings, and by generous gifts from people like you. Please watch for a special year-end funding appeal to show up in your inbox next month and prayerfully consider giving. 

Other Stories to Note

  • A Ministry of Stories - Growing up Marc Zumhagen loved to hear stories from his multicultural family. Today he listens to stories as part of his chaplain ministry.
  • Champions of Justice: Michelle Loyd-Paige and Sheila Holmes - Read about these incredible women who have been humbly displaying distinguished leadership in diversity and racial justice work.
  • Read the personal stories of Rudy Gonzalez and Viviana Cornejo about how they became anti racism advocates in the CRCs Office of Race Relations.

Events to Consider

  • Diversity Playbook Webinar (Nov. 4) 12-1:15pm EST - Building on years of experience in Christian higher education, Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige shares pitfalls to avoid and offers guidance for Christian organizations on the topic of diversity and plans that can extend God’s ministry of reconciliation to everyone. Register Here
  • Coffee Break Virtual Summit (Nov. 11-13) - Join people from around the globe for this unique, three-day conference as we learn how to stand firm together and face the future with confidence and hope.

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Please consider a donation to directly support the work of the Office of Diversity. We help affirm all congregations of the church as we work toward becoming more inclusive and unified in our diversity.

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The Office of Diversity is a ministry of the Christian Reformed Church. Contact us.

Christian Reformed Church in North America
1700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508-1407
3475 Mainway, Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8

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