Mosaic- the annual multi-cultural festival is on this week. We'll be going to enjoy the costumes, and dances and yes, the wonderful variety of food, which each country will showcase!
Regina's Mosaic and Saskatoon's Folkfest are excellent examples of Canada's best identity! We are a multi-cultural country, made richer by the wide variety of peoples who make up who we are as a nation. We are not all the same, we are very diverse, yet we are one. We celebrate our variety. We don't try to force everyone into a common mold, or to give up their native cultural identity to embrace a new and different Canadian one. When we move to a new country, or even to a new part of this country, we expect customs and rules and ways of doing things will be different, and that we must adapt. But there is something truly special in a Canada which believes that there should be diversity in our unity, and celebrates that concept.
Why then, is it so difficult for the Church to learn this lesson and practice it? We teach our children that there is variety in how, as branches of the Church, we are governed, our practices and beliefs, and that we need to be respectful of each others' differences. But we do a very mediocre job of witnessing to this unity which overarches our diversity to each other and to our community. We are much better at being competitive than we are at being cooperative. That's why it is so difficult for us to plan and conduct community services.
Certainly our scriptures tell us how important it is to be one. Our community believes the church ought to be able to act as one, even though we each have our own unique interpretation of the way to follow our Lord. The times suggest that if the church wants to be taken seriously, we must learn to better model our unity as well as our diversity. That is my earnest plea and prayer.