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Living on mission and in missional community requires cherishing and striving for a multiethnic identity. Charleston is an ethnically and racially diverse city, and while the different ethnic communities of Charleston have historically worked together to achieve common goals, a renewed commitment to gospel centered community is tearing down the racially dividing walls. One of the great tragedies of American Christianity and life has been the isolation of different ethnic groups into individualized communities. Although in many cases this has been and is a subconscious reality, great harm has been done to the gospel because Christians of different racial backgrounds need one another! In the book of Acts, the model church was not located in Jerusalem, but in Antioch. It was in Antioch that Christians were named after their Savior. It was the Church of Antioch that they commissioned the first missionaries. Why was this the case? The simple answer is that the church was always intended to reflect God’s multiethnic kingdom, and at Uptown, following the example of other churches on the Peninsula, we will be a church that reflects the multiethnic identity of our City and the multicolored Kingdom of our God.