Can Multiethnic Churches Become the ‘New Normal’?

Can Multiethnic Churches Become the 'New Normal'?Alumnus Bryan Loritts is leading a movement to build multiethnic unity in the body of Christ
(Biola Magazine, Spring 2015)

In late 2014, race became the conversation in America. A pair of controversial decisions not to prosecute police officers for the high-profile deaths of black men in Ferguson, Mo., and in New York City had touched off debates and demonstrations from coast to coast. The slogan “Black Lives Matter” spread across social media. Political and religious leaders issued calls for justice, peace and clear thinking.

As Bryan Loritts (M.A. ’98) watched the national conversation develop, he desired for the evangelical Christian community to be more vocal. And so he decided to provide a microphone. On Dec. 16, more than 30,000 people watched live online and in person as Loritts brought together 10 prominent evangelical leaders for “A Time to Speak,” a wide-ranging discussion on race and the gospel at the National Civil Rights Museum in Tennessee.

For Loritts, a graduate of Biola’s Talbot School of Theology and a member of Biola’s Board of Trustees, the event was the latest in a series of efforts aimed at building multiethnic unity within the church. As a pastor, author and president of the Kainos Movement, Loritts has a passion for helping Christians think biblically about what it means to be one in Christ. He recently discussed some of these issues with Biola Magazine.

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