ANSR studies multicultural churches at 32nd conference
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Lenexa, Kansas
The Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers (ANSR) held its 32nd annual conference from March 7 to 9 in Lenexa, Kansas. The theme of the conference was The Multicultural Church: Are We Better Together?

The keynote address was brought by Gerardo Marti, the L. Richardson King associate professor of sociology at Davidson College. Marti is the author of Worship Across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Congregation.

In his keynote address, Marti described how local churches achieve diversity by creating spaces for people to interact. He noted that this is most often done through the music program and by having conspicuous color on the platform. Also presenting papers to the conference were John Hawthorne of Spring Arbor University and Dale Jones of the Church of the Nazarene Research Services.

Each year, ANSR holds an undergraduate student paper competition known as the Harold Young Research Award in memory of Point Loma Nazarene University sociology professor Harold Young. This year's recipient was Kelsey O’Doran of Olivet Nazarene University. Her paper was titled, "The Effect of Study Mode (face to face vs. online) and Gender of Participant upon Agreement Ratings for Study Mode Chosen."

An ANSR Founder's Award — given in memory of former USA/Canada Mission/Evangelism Department Director Bill M. Sullivan — was presented to Charles Gailey. Gailey is professor emeritus of missiology at Nazarene Theological Seminary. A former missionary to Swaziland, he served as vice president of the Evangelical Missiological Society, as president of the Midwest Professors of Mission, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Missiology. He and his wife, Doris, have four children: Carol Holt, Ellen Decker, Sharon Lee, and Robert Gailey, all of whom are involved in ministry.

Visit Grace and Peace for video highlights from the conference.
--Church of the Nazarene Research Services
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