Constructing a Eucharistic Celebration of Tết (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) at Morrow Vietnamese Alliance Church Open Access

Nguyen, Nghia (Spring 2021)

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For the last three years, Morrow Vietnamese Alliance Church has experienced a steady decline in the English Ministry membership. The decline is particularly clear among young people –—second-generation Vietnamese-American Christians—who are no longer attending church regularly, and state as their reasons either that they do not want to go to church or that they do not feel their spiritual needs are met through this ministry. When surveyed, these former English Ministry members stated that they do not want to identify as Vietnamese and feel alienated by the Vietnamese side of the Morrow church community and their cultural events at church. When asked, these former English Ministry members expressed a longing for a way to represent and embody their Vietnamese values and Christian values together (Group Interview with English Ministry leaders of the Morrow Vietnamese Alliance Church, December 13, 2020). In an effort to bridge these values and heritages and to respond to these persons’ desires to bring their whole being to church and to how they worship God, this project constructs a Eucharistic celebration for Tết, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, which is the most important Vietnamese cultural event of the year in the United States.

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