I've lived all of my life in Melbourne, which as long as I can remember has always been described as a multicultural city. I'm still fascinated by how certain suburbs have different cultural 'flavours' that are sometimes indicated by the visibility of certain types of shops or by the cultural mix noticable in the local schools. Sydney Road, Brunswick near where I live is well known for its variety of restaurants bringing food from many different parts of the world.
Not all of our churches reflect this rich mix of different cultures though. Of course, to a certain degree this can be explained by a strong historic connection with other denominations or religions. However, despite a few notable exceptions, The Salvation Army is pretty monocultural in expression here. Why is this? Is it to do with language? Is it the colonial roots of the movement? Is it the military metaphor or some other internal TSA cultural shaping that doesn't translate well? The Salvation Army seems to work ok in other countries, so why is it not so attractive when people from those countries come here? I have noticed that we often send white officers from Western countries to be leaders in developing countries, but I can't think of any examples where we've done the opposite. To be honest I really don't know the answers to these questions. I think they are questions we need to explore though because we have much that we can learn from other cultures.