Many more case studies were presented and many more added to our multi-diverse discussion. I remember on Tuesday regarding the books “Tradition in a Rootless World” and “A Mosaic of Believers”. What was fascinating was the background research each author did for their respective church setting. Ms. Davidman did her outline surrounding the conversion of orthodoxy in Judaism with two very distinct groups of secular Jewish women. I loved the consistent theme regarding women’s role in both groups that showed not only their experience; but also, the thoughts of their fellow Jews and how they treated women’s roles and if they were going to be progressive. One common factor both groups seemed to share was that conversion happened mainly due to a sense of feeling lost, or discontent—ultimately leading them to their faith.
Next, Mr. Marti’s in-depth analysis of the Mosaic Church located in L.A. The four “havens” were interesting in their own rights; since they all have their own pros and cons. The theological, multiethnic, artistic, innovator, and age havens seem to have alienated a certain area of humanity—thus leading to more people leaving the church. They did share one quote that I found inspiring; and one that I think sums up how many contemporary religious groups feel. Gerardo Marti stated: “Change does not have to be feared; it can be embraced, especially if it accomplishes the purposes of God.” It appears that the Mosaic church truly wishes to increase its fluidity of ethnicity; because it aims to create a new shared culture of different kinds of people together; rather than adapt the varying cultures.