La Mesa-A radically welcoming and inclusive space
July 13, 20191:00 pm–1:50 pm
So many people seek to be part of or create inclusive and diverse communities, especially in a church, but few are successful with this venture. Many don’t know where to begin, how to continue through the time of doubt when attendance is low, or how to navigate the changing of their community. La Mesa is an example for what a multicultural, bilingual, and open-minded spiritual community can look like. In the Winter of 2015, Rev. David Mateo began a small bilingual worship service at United Church of Chapel Hill. In the beginning, the worship service was led by primarily Rev. Mateo and a few other bilingual members of the congregation with a small attendance of sometimes only 10 people. Now, La Mesa has grown into a flourishing community with more than 50 people worshiping together each Sunday as well as sharing in meals and outside gatherings. La Mesa is a truly unique community in that all services are bilingual, radically inclusive, seeking to break down the barriers of racism, homophobia, classism, ageism, ableism, and much more. Join this session in order to hear about how and why La Mesa started and continues. Hear from Rev. Mateo as well as members of the La Mesa community about not only what this community means to them but also what it takes to start such a community as well as continue to ensure it grows and thrives.
|12:00 am||Nancy White|
|12:00 am||Rev. David Mateo|
|12:00 am||Madaline G Allsup|