A new friend Steve sent me this from the emergent-us blog. He an I have had several conversation about the lack of diversity in emergent. After reading this and looking at the comments on the blog here’s bullets of my response
what say you
First, we have been increasingly concerned about diversity for a few years. Fortunately, there has been denominational diversity among us since the beginning – and it has grown steadily in recent years as emergent has become a "post-liberal/post-conservative" common ground. But the "white maleness" of almost all Christian leadership networks has been of concern to us. (I was not surprised to learn from Tony Jones that 95% of Evangelical pastors are male; I was surprised to learn that 85% of mainline Protestant pastors are male.) We talked at length about how the Emerging Women’s Leadership Initiative has helped the emergent community seek to make progress in this regard. But EWLI has also helped bring diversity in other areas to the fore.
I’m very optimistic about what will happen as increasing numbers of First Nations, African American, Latino, Asian, and other leaders bring their leadership to emergent. When progress in this area is combined with progress in our global network (where exciting things are happening – stay tuned for amahoro.info) – our potential will multiply.