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KELLER (CBSDFW.COM) – A huge multi-ethnic religious conference, aimed at uniting churches, communities and police, is underway in North Texas.

More than 1,200 people from across the country have gathered at the NorthWood Church in Keller for the National Multi-Ethnic Church Conference to work toward bridging the gap between the three — with hope and healing.

Pastors, educators and other attendees will attend symposiums and hear from more than 80 speakers on ways to bring the community together and “champion the establishment of healthy multi-ethnic and economically diverse churches.” Pastors attending said, for segregation in society to be eliminated, the effort must first start in the American church.

Seeking out a solution to the problem for race and systemic injustice in America, predominately White, African-American, Asian churches and others have gathered in the hope that their message translates into peace in neighborhoods and police departments across the country.

“Racism is a spiritual problem,” explained Mark DeYmaz, co-founder of the Mosaix Global Network. “You can’t educate it out of people, you can’t legislate it out of people. At healthy multi-ethnic churches, we have police officers and African Americans and [members from] the inner-city, the inner city Whites, the poor, the rural people — all in once space, walking, working, worshipping God together as one.”

The National Multi-Ethnic Church Conference meets only once every three years.

This year’s three-day conference ends November 3. It began with a pre-conference yesterday that offered five, 4-hour sessions. The event at NorthWood Church, located at 1870 Rufe Snow Drive in Keller, is open to the public.

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