Rev. Juan Garay was interviewed about the vibrant, multicultural growing congregation of Urban Poiema. The article states, “Originally designed as a Hispanic/Latino ministry, Urban Poiema has innovatively nurtured a fluid congregation to do multicultural ministry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Within the past three years, Urban Poiema has increased by 61 in membership through their ministries and has an average attendance of 100 people in Sunday service. That growth is bucking a trend of declining membership that is challenging many United Methodist congregations in the U.S.

The United Methodist Church, which still is 90 percent white in the United States, also saw a slight increase in its ethnic diversity in 2016, according to the General Council on Finance and Administration. The denomination added 282 more Hispanic/Latino and 32 more Pacific Islander members. It also saw an increase of 1,148 more multiracial members.

Urban Poiema is a prime example of one of those bright spots in the church. The Rev. Juan Garay leads this church in ministry and talked about their journey with United Methodist News Service.”

Read the interview here.