Multicultural Worship Night Unites Students
Worship means something different to everyone, but similarities can still be found. Taylor’s Multicultural Student Association (MSA) aims to explore what it’s like to worship different but together in their Multicultural Worship Night event.
“The event is a night where students from different cultures can come in and worship in the way they feel they express at home,” said MSA Senior Co-Chair Joanna Vasudevan.
The MSA invited students to audition for the event, seeking different types of performances in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Hindu. Performances consist of relaxed and upbeat worship songs, dancing, and scripture readings.
The goal of the event is to help students recognize the many ways in which various cultures worship and how they can be as similar as they are different.
“You hear the same thing, but in different languages,” Vasudevan said. “And even if you don’t understand what someone is saying or singing, especially on a night of worship, you know we all worship the one God who created us all.”
The unification found in the act of worshiping together, regardless of language differences or other cultural aspects, is an important theme of the event: emphasizing the bonding of the body of Christ through worship in many forms.
“I think there’s a lot of value in just putting aside our differences, but also uniting with those differences, if that makes sense,” MSA co-chair Julissa Castellanos said.
By setting aside differences while celebrating them, MSA hopes to illustrate what unites believers in worship. While the way believers worship varies across the world, it is for one purpose that unifies believers rather than dividing them.
“From my perspective, I think different languages make me feel like even though we come from different places in different countries, when we come to worship God, we are connected by the same Holy Spirit,” Cher said. Wang, administrator of the MSA. “Thus, the different languages will not be obstacles to prevent us from reaching God.”
MSA hopes to reach students from different cultures across campus and hear from God in a unique way.
“Prepare your heart to see how God will reach out to you or tell you during the show through the different languages,” Wang said.
Worshiping God remains the primary focus, like any other worship event on campus. But seeing how this happens in different ways among the different cultures represented in the student body makes the multicultural worship night unique.
“I think there’s just a lot of beauty and seeing how many people come together because it’s a whole-student-body event. So everyone is welcome. said Castellanos. “It’s just beautiful to see all the cultures represented and then have the whole student body embrace it as well, which kind of feels like it’s going to be in heaven.”
MSA invites all students to join Multicultural Worship Night each year to experience an atmosphere of worship that may look or feel a little different, but is always filled with the presence and glory of God.