The United States is a multicultural society. Today, this situation is no longer a question of values or policy. It is a fact, a condition of our culture. A growing number of linguistically-, culturally-, and religiously-diverse people are now calling themselves American citizens, and by 2040, it has been predicted that America's majority will be non-white and non-European. Unfortunately, this also means that a great number of people will part, at least, gradually with their cultural foundations and identities, including their spiritual orientations. As a result, non-denominational churches are expected to become a powerful and popular spiritual meeting place where people from all walks of life can share a common awareness and admiration for God and a appreciation for spirituality in general.
After four hundred years of assimiliation into a host culture that sought to remove them from their cultural foundations, African-Americans established the Black Church to meet their spiritual needs. But what of those African-Americans who cannot identify neither with The Black Church nor with indigenous African religions? These African-Americans are left to carve out their own path to a spritual orientation with which they can identify. Could non-denominational churches light the way to this path?
Discuss your experiences with non-deonminal churches. Are they the answer to Multicultural America's spiritual needs? Are they as inclusive as they claim to be?