How First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church of Newark, NJ, Became an International, Multicultural church

Written in 2006 by retired pastor Glenn Hatfield, at the request of and in consultation with Rev. Felix Tingson.

Some churches call it “multicultural” to rent space to a church of another culture, or to have more than one cultural or language group as part of one church, but with separate meeting times or rooms. Under some circumstances, these can be valid approaches. However, Peddie’s approach to multiculturalism is to have all groups involved in one church, interacting with each other as Christian brothers and sisters in most activities. Although Peddie still uses the terminology “multicultural,” this form of being “multicultural” is now increasingly called being “intercultural.”

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