today's guardian has a fabulous section on london which it claims in 2005 can lay claim to being the most diverse city ever. there is a map(pdf) and key which shows the locations of various communities and cultures which it is worth getting the paper for in itself. there are also lots of articles and features that are gathered together at what is britain?
the editorial calls for diversity and not segregation. i have been thinking a lot about this in the last few months and was reminded of it again following richard's post. the editorial says
Such segregation is something which society and governments can change. True, a degree of "clustering" is helpful in consolidating a community's culture. But communities which do not overlap or have meaningful interchanges, breed fear, distrust and division... ... ...There are all manner of small schemes that can provide bridges - school twinning, interfaith networks, cultural swap programmes.
the church is the body of christ of all nations and tribes and cultures down all the ages... the most globally diverse network possible. the vision of the future is of a global city. how well are we doing at providing a foretaste of the age to come in our churches and especially in our emerging churches? (it's interesting to change the first sentence of the quote by replacing the words society and governments with churches).