Finding Your Community’s Multiethnic Potential


  • Herb Bailey – Church Army, Uncommon Grounds Café Director
  • Heather Ghormley
  • Daniel Lizárraga – Priest of the Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast

Many of us find ourselves living in increasingly multiethnic contexts. We want to reach our multiethnic communities for the Gospel, but how can we connect? A first step is learning about the people and cultures of our community so that we can present the Gospel in way that bridges gaps and invites others. In this session three pastors engaged in multiethnic ministry will describe their own process of listening to culture while listening to the Holy Spirit.

First, Rev. Herb Bailey will talk about his evangelism ministry among the poor, describing what postures and practices help him connect the Gospel to the hurts and needs of those in the community where he serves. Then, Rev. Heather Ghormley will talk about the process of getting to know her neighbors in her multiethnic neighborhood and how the Holy Spirit used intentionally praying with those of other races and cultures to make a strong community out of many different backgrounds. Finally, Rev. Daniel Lizarraga will talk about the joys of bringing his hispanic culture into the wider Anglican church. Hispanic culture offers unique strengths for reaching others with the Gospel and building bridges. He talks about this gift from the Hispanic Church as the “Fourth Stream” of Anglicanism: Salsa!