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“Oneness does not mean sameness. It is oneness in purpose.”

WELCOME

Thank you for your response to the debut issue of ONE. We received positive comments that many enjoyed the global stories and expressed gratitude for the wisdom provided in the feature articles, “Finding Your Path” and “Here for A Good Time.”

If you didn’t get a chance to read those pieces, please visit one.paoc.org/archives.

This edition’s theme is Cultural Intelligence (CQ).

Through faith in Christ, we are made one with God and with each other.

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he reminds us that, “You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness” (Ephesians 4: 4-6, The Message).

Oneness does not mean sameness. It is oneness in purpose. The purpose of the Church is to share God’s story of forgiveness with others and invite them to experience a relationship with Jesus. This goal becomes our life aim, our mission.

How do we share God’s story with cultural sensitivity? Why does it matter? Is it important to embrace ethnic diversity before, or while, proclaiming God’s message to those who need to hear it? And, what does it look like to acknowledge our differences, set aside our personal biases, and step into authentic relationships with people from other cultures, inviting them to experience a life of joy and peace with Christ?

As you read, may the Holy Spirit give you insight to consider where you might learn and grow to appreciate the diversity of God’s creation more fully.

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P.S. Be sure to read the Pentecostal Stories in this issue as we learn about one of our first missionaries to Africa.