Church leaders asked to support diversity education


By Peter Hegarty
San Jose Mercury News
ALAMEDA — Local leaders of the United Church of Christ are calling on their fellow pastors and ministers to support teaching diversity and multicultural education in public schools in response to the issue coming under fire when it was proposed here and in Castro Valley.

The local representatives are asking 900 delegates from across the country who are now attending the church’s General Synod in Grand Rapids, Mich., to approve a resolution which backs diversity lessons, saying they reflect Jesus’ command for people to love their neighbors.

“Children and youth are dying, literally dying, because they have not heard this message of hope,” said the Rev. Dr. Arlene Nehring, senior minister at Eden United Church of Christ in Hayward.

Nehring and other local church leaders decided to propose the resolution after controversy erupted over Castro Valley High School’s “Day of Diversity” program, as well as over the lesson plans within the Alameda Unified School District that aim to curb anti-gay teasing and bullying on the playground. Full story.

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