Living as an Intercultural Church
An Intercultural church is a church that accepts, supports and celebrates each cultural group. It intentionally encourages all cultural groups to engage in intercultural relationships and share in leadership, mission and ministry.
An Intercultural church builds on the idea that Australian society and the Church’s membership are multicultural, and it calls on all members, especially those of the dominant culture to be prepared to live and act cross-culturally.
We understand intercultural to encompass:
- bringing people of different cultures together to learn from one another, and to partner in mission and ministry
- giving equal value and power to each culture
- respecting differences
- celebrating the variety of cultural traditions
We invite you to learn about the documents which are the Foundations of our commitment to being Intercultural, to Explore in more detail some of the implications of being Intercultural and to take Action to practise Intercultural principles to in local settings.
If you are interested in connecting with others who are on the journey of being an Intercultural Church, we invite you to sign up for emails from our Assembly 'Circles of Interest' (including the 'Being a Multicultural Church' Circle), or to join the conversation in that Circle's Facebook group.
If you have any questions about the Uniting Church Assembly Resourcing Unit's work in the area of being intercultural, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.