Alpha Phi Alpha hosts Crossing Cultures sermon

Gwendolyn Ducre

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. hosted Crossing Cultures at the BCM on Oct. 2. The service was led by Larrese Rollins, who is a junior and a youth minister.

“Crossing Culture is taking my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ from the Caucasian persuasion and introducing them to how we, African Americans, worship,” Rollins said.

Rollins later explained how the worship culture differs between African Americans and other cultures, especially Caucasian. He expressed how African Americans are more expressive vocally and physically whereas other cultures may give a simple head nod during a service.

The service opened with a prayer given by Piney Grove and a vocal performed by the Tehillah’s Christian Church choir, UICC, under the direction of recording artist, Pastor Gilbert Wilson.

After the introduction, Larrese Rollins began to preach to the congregation. The audience was very interactive and vocal with their emotions, with the occasional outburst of an “Amen” or “Hallelujah.”

“At my home church if you say ‘Amen’ and clap it’s usually much quieter. We don’t clap and say amen aloud as a whole,” said freshman Kaitlyn Bingham, who is white. “I enjoy going to churches that worship like this. We should have something like this once a month.”

The service ended with prayer with a piano accompaniment.

Raquel Garza expressed the excitement she had before and after the service.

“I was excited coming into it, because Larrese is one of my good friends and he has been telling me what it would be like. I didn’t know what to expect really, but I loved it,” said Raquel Garza, a junior pre-pharmacy major.