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Interfaith existence is becoming a reality of the world we live in. Minnesota—where I live, for example—is no longer full of only white Scandinavian or German Lutherans and Catholics but rather a melting pot of diverse cultures and faiths. The definition of church and the boundaries of whom the church connects with have dramatically changed. It includes the Hmong student who comes for the after-school program, the Iraqi refugee seeking to make connections, or Jewish and Hindi peers working side-by-side in faith-based community organizing.
This is an excerpt from an essay in Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50. Download the e-book for free.
Salim Kaderbhai is a 2012 graduate of Luther Seminary who served as intern pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minn.
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