Presbyterian Church USA Multicultural Church Conference

( [email protected] ) May 07, 2004 03:03 PM EDT

The Annual Presbyterian Church USA Multicultural Church Conference drew almost 500 people from across the States to Dallas Texas, from April 22-April 26. The goal of the event, sponsored by the the Office of Evangelism, Racial and Cultural Diversity (ERCD) of the PCUSA, was to give people of Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, African and Native American heritage, a chance to share “new steps” toward becoming an inclusive, multicultural church for a new millennium.

Throughout the conference, there were several multi-cultural performances that were held.

According to PCUSA news, “A group from the African Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Dallas banged out African tunes; an orchestra from Nor’kirk Presbyterian Church in Carrollton, TX, performed pieces by Strauss and Wagner; the Choctaw Dancers from Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery performed traditional dances; the El Divino Salvador Presbyterian Praise Team from Dallas belted out contemporary praise songs; and a choir from Dallas’s Oak Cliff Voices of Praise sang such classics as “Down by the Riverside.” There also were a singing dance group and a youth bell choir — even a magic show by Nor’kirk Presbyterian member David Woolcock.”