Cal-Nev's Mariellen Yoshino Writes About Diversity in the Pulpit in Fall Circuit Rider

September 17, 2009

"This year more than one Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) has said to me, 'Send us a man minister,'" writes the Rev. Mariellen Yoshino, Superintendent of the Fresno District of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, in the article, "Diversity in the Pulpit," published in the August/September/October 2009 issue of the Circuit Rider. 

"A census of the clergy of the United Methodist Church would find that it falls short in the diversity of pastors serving in local churches," she adds. "Out of 45,946 clergy, only 10,849 (24%) are women and 5,015 (11%) are people of color."
"Now more than ever," she says, "the Church needs the gifts and graces of a diverse clergy group."
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