Monday, November 21, 2005

Christians integrated in multicultural worship at Ryman

The Tennessean reports in this article that the Ryman played host to a diverse crowd of Christians in Thanksgiving worship:

"A joyful noise rose through the Ryman Auditorium last night, as two distinctively different choirs melded into one."

"In a pre-Thanksgiving service designed to bring congregations from different denominations, cultures and backgrounds together, a Baptist minister shared the microphone with a Nazarene minister, and a Church of Christ choir and a Baptist choir sang together."

"And worshippers embraced the mixed service and congregation.
The event, 'Thankful We Stand,' was a collaboration between The Operation Andrew Group, a nondenominational outreach association that partners with churches from varying denominations, and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. Both organizations want to erode racial barriers and foster greater diversity among congregations, organizers said."

"'We tend to live in our comfort areas - black, white, Hispanic,' said OAG president Charles E. McGowan. 'We can walk away from this feeling how big God's church is and give expression to our unity.'"

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