The research seems clear: the United States is becoming increasingly multicultural-in its cities and towns, its civic institutions, and not surprisingly, in its churches. Professors Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, Steve Kang, and Gary Parrett unite their different cultural histories and perspectives to tackle the complex question of the factors and influence of a multicultural context on spiritual formation and Christian education. They offer insights and raise questions that they believe congregations must address for this new day and time in the United States. Each of the authors share relevant aspects of his or her story while wrestling with issues such as bias and prejudice, the role of pastors, leadership, the meaning of the Great Commission, and the theological issues involved with multiculturalism. The scholarship is sound, and the humanity expressed is profound. The book is written from a Christian perspective, and generally, Christians will find it most familiar, though challenging.
Reviewed by Janet Hoover