January 25, 2022
Newly released research Mapping Intercultural Neighbourhoods recommends ways forward for being a multicultural church in a local context.
A full draft research report Mapping Intercultural Neighbourhoods in SA: CALD-Intercultural Ministry Survey 2021 has been released by the Mission Resourcing, Synod of South Australia.
Seeing cultural diversity as an opportunity of renewal and source of strength, this report explores questions such as:
- how congregations have responded to their increasingly multicultural contexts
- the status of intercultural ministry in progressing and embodying the Uniting Church’s vision of being a multicultural church
- how to engage and connect with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in local neighbourhoods
Based on the findings of online surveys with 55 Uniting Church leaders and interviews with 30 CALD leaders, it makes 10 recommendations for Action Plans under three foci of Strategic Priorities: Understand Who We Are as UCA; Create Local Connections; and Support Ministries on the Margins.
Rev Dr Paul Goh, Multicultural and Cross-cultural Officer Synod of South Australia