Trans-ethnicity is currently an emphasis in several churches around the United States, including New Life Providence Church here in Virginia Beach. An upcoming conference on this topic is likely to draw a lot of people together to discuss the challenges and opportunities in creating transethnic communities of faith. The conference is called the Trans-Ethnic Transitions Conference and it will be held May 15-17 at New Life Providence Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
What is trans-ethnicity? New Life Providence Church talks about it as transcending cultural differences by emphasizing Kingdom values. They would say that we are to recognize, promote, and celebrate cultural differences but transcend culture, recognizing that Christian relationships are based on Kingdom values that transcends sociocultural values.
For reflection: Have you heard of the concept of trans-ethnicity before? How has it been defined? Does it resonate with you? Do you have any concerns about it?