Intercultural Mission

Birmingham is a vibrant multi-cultural city with a young dynamic population. Although the population is second in size to London, Birmingham is more ethnically and culturally diverse than the capital. As a result, what it means to be a Christ-centred, outward facing community of believers that welcomes everyone is central to our mission in the city.

The civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King wrote that God’s love working in the human heart creates a ‘beloved community’ of diverse believers who challenge unfairness, confront hate and encourages people from all backgrounds to work together to achieve a Christ-centred community. Living well with others is vital to our witness of life in Christ. Every Christian is tasked to reflect the hospitality of God, his love and generosity across boundaries of faith, culture and ethnicity. Intercultural mission recognises, that Christianity is not only local but is tied to a global perspective that goes beyond our local boundaries.

A core commitment for the Church of England - Birmingham is to support parishes in getting to know their neighbours. By promoting intercultural mission, our intention is to encourage encounters that bear witness to the love of Christ and value the image of God in one another. For many parishes, it means understanding the culture and context they find themselves in, if they are to connect well with others. By being earnest in our efforts to connect with others, there is a deep appreciation of all our stories and what God is doing through us.