Author: Rev. Daynette Snead

This is what Diversity & Inclusion looks like in the church…..

This is a true “Awaken Our Hearts” story and a vision of intentional discipleship towards making Christ known. Many times I have written about embracing diversity and inclusion, especially in areas of church leadership.  The story below highlights how one church through their openness of welcoming someone who was different from them, found a pastor willing

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My Response to “Divinity, Diversity and Division”

Recently an article was published about issues of multi-cultural training at Duke Divinity School.  You can read about it here.   I commented on several blogs but I wanted to raise my voice in this space to unveil the discourse of diversity and inclusion in a very unlikely place, Duke Divinity School, a seminary training future

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Pentecost, Church Diversity, and You

Intercultural ministry, diversity and inclusion, and oneness in the Body of Christ is the calling that stands in my heart.  On Pentecost Sunday, we celebrated the gift of the Holy Spirit to a diverse church.  For me, it is the right time to ask each of us to commit to learning more about church diversity

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Come, Come, Whoever You Are…the doors are open. May we affirm that truth with our acts of hospitality. And, in our midst, may there always be room for one more. — Rev. Alicia Forde

I love a great quote when I see one.  Over the past few weeks I have been preparing to speak to pastors in North Carolina about reaching community.  Multicultural ministry remains a buzz word, especially in homogenous churches claiming diversity.  But here’s the truth.  True diversity begins when twenty percent of your congregation is different

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What’s Next?

The division in our nation is national news. As we gather in the comfort of pews in the coming months, some joyfully breathe a sigh of relief and some fear for what’s ahead. We continue to hear our world in terms of us and them. What is next for our nation? As people of God,

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In The Air

  “Love is in the air In the whisper of the tree Love is in the air In the thunder of the sea And I don’t know if I’m just dreaming Don’t know if I feel safe But it’s something that I must believe in And it’s there when you call out my name” The

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One Thing Your Congregation Can Teach You About Diversity

Diversity is one of the most misused words spoken in our churches today.  I often hear pastors and church leaders speak of diversity, but diversity is a very broad term.  Here’s the question to help you move your church towards understanding the full range of meaning of the word.  Is there an intercultural ministry mindset

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Are you prepared?

I believe our very nature is to stay where we are, with what we know.  Moving outside our comfort zones often becomes the challenge. Recently someone asked me, “Why are we not a diverse church? I believe the answer lies in the question, “Are you prepared to serve the changing demographics of your community? Over

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Signs In Our Times

Visiting the people of Westray has become one of my favorite adventures.  Yesterday’s visit was full of signs to help us find our way.  In the UK, is it common for properties to have their own names like Skaiil and HaGock Field.  It is quite a nice tradition, speaks to the uniqueness of the property,

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What Separates Us?

This question brings us to words like age, gender, and ethnicity. Maybe you would agree with me that those answers are as wrong as snow in the Summer months. What separates us in actuality are barriers placed in our own minds and in our hearts. Matthew 15:21-28 introduces us to a woman who is not

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Shortest Flight In The World

Yes, that’s me getting ready to hop on the “Shortest Flight In The World”. Authenticated by Guinness World Records. The popular trip from Westray to Papa Westray, Scotland is a 2 minute flight. Hard to believe until I stepped onto the plane, took off and then landed on the next island.  There’s even an official

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