Rev. Mytch Dorvilier serves as Eastern ND Synod's Multi-Ethnic Mission Developer.
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2017 was a very pivotal year for the Multi Ethnic Mission Development ministry for two reasons.
First, relationships and trust have been established with the Eastern North Dakota Synod communities and the community surroundings. I was invited to preach and to be guest speaker in 18 congregations and conferences. Additionally, I engaged in transformational dialogue with synod youth groups, campus ministries, and Concordia College which moves us from a mono-cultural ministry to a new multi-cultural one where the Christian and non-Christian communities enact respect for the validity of cultural differences, and accept the need for both dominant and minority cultures to be open to adjustment through dynamic interaction.
Second, I networked and partnered with community members, organizations, interfaith and ecumenical partners to nurture and broaden impact. I did several racism trainings. I also engaged actively with ecumenical and interfaith partners and social justice organizations to encourage responsiveness to issues impacting Native American, immigrant and refugee communities by being at the reservation at Standing Rock, and representing the synod in Bismarck to testify against the HB1427, a bill that discriminates against refugees and immigrants in North Dakota. Another important event was taking a medical group from Messiah Lutheran in Fargo to Haiti to build a relationship with the Lutheran Church of Haiti.
The Multi-Cultural Ready Bench is a team of leaders from around our synod who have come together for the purpose of supporting and accompanying our ethnic specific ministries within the synod (Dacotah Oyate Luther Church, South Sudan Lutheran Community, Native American Christian Ministry and La Misión Luterana Evangélica del Corredor I-29). This Ready Bench also attends to encouraging, resourcing and supporting new ministries that reach beyond racial, cultural and socio-economic barriers.