The Art of Inclusion: learning about faith, race & culture 


















Once a month, we will gather together to actively seek out ways to learn and connect through experiences that teach us about what it means to be Jesus followers as related to faith, race and culture.  We will share different ethnic food, invites special guests, have interactive conversations and experiences and provide a safe space to ask questions and grow.

Our hope is that through these experiences we will increase our appreciation of diversity and seek to be anti-racist in our church and greater community.

What to expect

Experiences aimed at helping participants learn and grow in relationships with others who are different from themselves culturally and ethnically. Each month, members will have the opportunity to go through an experience with the group and debrief afterwards.

Through April we will:

  1. Learn: from a group of diverse people about their everyday experiences living as people of color in West Michigan
  2. Listen: in way that brings understanding of how cultural differences impact communication, information, and experience
  3. Love: the differences that ethnicity and culture bring to the Kingdom of Jesus
  4. Live: into diverse relationships, experiences and perspectives intentionally.

After every experience, members will discuss the following three topics:

  1. What did you learn that you didn’t know before? What was new to you?
  2. How did it make you feel to participate?
  3. What is your next step?  Who will you talk to about this experience? What are you going to do with what you’ve learned?

the Art of Inclusion: learning about faith, race & culture

November 15th

November 15th: Robyn Afrik & Kory Plockmeyer

Join us as we learn about the Art of Inclusion in the Ottawa County area! Robyne Afrik, Director for DEI Ottawa County and Kory Plockmeyer, Director for Movement West MI will share our current reality in Ottawa County regarding how our church can become a part of the solution for Inclusion. Come prepared to learn and ask questions! See you in the Commons on November 15th, rsvp here

December 6th

December: Ray Washington

God has intentionally created different ethnicities and cultures.  Join us as we dive into His Word to gain perspective about the richness diversity can bring to our church and His Kingdom.  Ray Washington, pastor of East Lake Community Church, will share insights with us from the book Gracism: the Art of Inclusion by David A. Anderson.  Dinner will begin at 6:00p and our discussion will start at 6:30 pm in the Centre.  RSVP for dinner: here.

January 10th

January 10th: Tito Venegas

Join us as we share dessert and hear from Tito Vengas, pastor for Intersection Ministries.  Tito will share his experience as an immigrant to the United States and the role the church can play for those who are adjusting to new cultures.  Can we become a people who are not only looking to welcome others into our culture but also anticipate learning how God reveals himself through another person’s experiences?  How can we help bring the kingdom to all people by learning and welcoming?  Dessert will start at 6:00p and our discussion will begin at 6:30p in the Commons.  Let us know you are coming to dessert here.

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