“I am because we are”… begins the famous Asante proverb. Yet it does not end there; it continues saying, “and therefore we are because I am.”
The Seattle Presbytery is blessed to be located in a richly multi-cultural city, one that attracts Christians from every continent in the world. We are also blessed that our past can boast of having people within the presbytery who recognized this, and began nurturing fellowships within our diverse communities. How do we continue to partner with these brothers and sisters, not just so they can eventually charter their own PC(USA) churches, but also to help transform our established churches? Collectively, we are one body – the body of Christ. But, as the proverb urges us, we are also distinctly ourselves – our own cultures, languages and worship styles. How can we support the individuality of our ethnic fellowships, while also being sure we set a table that makes room for all?
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