yesterday I got to attend a service at new life fellowship in queens. funky place: they bought a big old elks lodge building three years ago, complete with a classic second and third floor auditorium.
the service was a moving experience for me – I kept finding myself choking up, and needing to take a pause from singing. I have never seen a church with the racial diversity of this congregation. seriously. from what I could see, it was roughly equal quarters african american, asian american, latino and white. with a handful of pacific islanders, middle easterners, and indians thrown into the mix. and people weren’t sitting in racial clumps or anything. it was a gorgeous goulash, baby.
most “multi-ethnic” churches I’ve seen seem to only have significant attendance from two racial groups, and maybe have a portion of a third. but this even mix was amazing, and moving. felt a bit like heaven. I think, if I lived in the area, I might attend new life for this reason alone (though the worship service was wonderful also).