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CLOTHED in Christ

April 18, 2018

The Southeast District Latino Task Force is expanding its pursuit of developing racially diverse communities of faith. Earlier this year they began discussions about their vision for the future. They explored values, such as God’s love for all people and all of creation, and they affirmed our shared mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

sedltfAs their discussion continued, they realized that the communities of southeast Iowa are much more diverse than they were when the group originally formed more than 30 years ago. Hispanic immigrants have come from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Honduras, and Ecuador, for instance. There are also Asians living in Iowa from Vietnam, Myanmar, and China, and Africans from Liberia and The Congo, among others.

Their discernment led to dream of being CLOTHED in Christ. “All of you who were baptized into Christ,” Paul writes in Galatians 3:27, “have clothed yourselves with Christ.” To that end, the group is inviting all of the churches of the Southeast District to live a life of faith, “Celebrating and Living Out Tolerance and Hospitality, Embracing Diversity.” At their next meeting, the task force will review demographic information of the region to discover opportunities for outreach among these diverse groups of people.

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