The Westside Church formed the Social-Cultural Unity and Diversity Team (SCUAD) to help address issues relating to racial injustice and inclusion. We led several meetings that helped us gain a greater empathy towards our members' experiences inside and outside of our church. Since then, the SCUAD team has had discussions on many other topics, including diversity in leadership, gender equality, generational gap issues, and mental health issues. We hope to continue to connect with many of our members - that we may continue to grow in approaching these challenging issues in a holistic and godly manner.

Vision:

Win The Westside for Christ through spiritual growth, maturity, and unity. (Matthew 28-18-20; John 13:34-35)

"Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,  baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember,  I am with you always,  to the end of the age.” 

“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. 35By this all people will know that you are My disciples if you have a love for one another.”

Mission: 

Foster spiritual maturity and church growth in The Westside Church through faith and love for all as Jesus did (work with people at the heart level) (1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 12:12-14)

  • Diversity of Spiritual Gifts

Now there are different gifts,  but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. 6And there are different activities, but the same God activates each gift in each person.  A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person  to produce what is beneficial:

  • Unity Yet Diversity in the Body

For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body — so also is Christ.  For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body — whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free — and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.  So the body is not one part but many. 

Emphasis: Promote diversity, equity & inclusion across cultural, racial, gender, generational, and socioeconomic lines (1 Corinthians 12:12-19)

"For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body — so also is Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body — whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free — and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.  
So the body is not one part but many. If the foot should say, “Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be?
If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed each one of the parts in one body just as He wanted. And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? 20Now there are many parts, yet one body."
 
The Westside Church SCUAD Members:
Sherlette Newbill (Lead Facilitator) - 323-298-8461
Patricia Butts - 310-463-2928
Susan Johnson - 310-261-6809
Kene Izuchukwu - 424-333-1923
Tim Priestley - 310-403-7677
Heather Yi
Paul Nagakura - 310-402-7967
Charlene Nagakura - 310-279-9171