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An Introduction to the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS). Workshop for G.R.A.C.E. Summit with Meck Groot, Justice Ministries Coordinator CLARA BARTON AND MASSACHUSETTS BAY DISTRICTS May 18, 2013. Navigating Difference in the Beloved Community.

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An Introduction to the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS)

Workshop for G.R.A.C.E. Summit with Meck Groot, Justice Ministries Coordinator

CLARA BARTON AND MASSACHUSETTS BAY DISTRICTS

May 18, 2013

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Navigating Difference in the Beloved Community

Culture:“the way we do things around here”

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Layers of Culture

Dress, food, housing, artifacts, etc.

Words, “frames,” naming

Purpose, meaning, cosmology, interpretation, theories, why, relationships, notions of the sacred

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Minimization
    • De-emphasizes difference

Developmental Model ofIntercultural Sensitivity (DMIS)

Milton Bennett

  • Acceptance
    • Deeply comprehends difference
  • Adaptation
    • Bridges across difference
  • Polarization
    • Judges difference
      • Defense
      • Reversal
  • Denial
    • Misses difference
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Denial

Primary emotion: indifference

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Polarization:Reversal

Them

Wrong

Others

Us

Right

Self

Primary emotion: fear / anger

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Polarization:Reversal

Them

Right

Others

Us

Wrong

Self

Primary emotion: shame

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Polarization: Reversal

As manifested in a marginalized group

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Polarization: Reversal

As manifested in a dominant group

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Minimization

Humanist?

Atheist?

Jewish?

Pagan?

Muslim?

Taoist?

Christian?

Buddhist?

Of course! You’ll LOVE

Unitarian Universalism!

There’s a place for everyone.

Primary emotion: tolerance

"We Are All One” by Dawn Jones

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Acceptance

Primary emotion: curiosity

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Adaptation

Primary emotion: flexibility / tolerance for ambiguity

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Minimization

Polarization

Acceptance

Denial

Adaptation

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Symbolic

Minimization

Polarization

Acceptance

“the Club”

Identity Change

Denial

Adaptation

Exclusive

Structural Change

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Intercultural Competence is…
  • …the ability to
  • create and maintain relationships across cultural difference
  • communicate with minimal loss or distortion
  • collaborate in order to accomplish something of mutual interest or need
  • Dr. Alvino E. Fantini
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Key Intercultural Skills
  • Cultural self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Curiosity
  • Tolerance for ambiguity
  • Flexibility
  • Courage
  • Resilience

PLATINUM RULE: Do unto others as they would have done unto themselves.

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Navigating Differences of Culture
  • Consider some differences of culture present in your congregation:
  • What developmental stages are represented in your congregation’s responses to those differences?
  • Where are you in that?
  • What strategies for increasing intercultural competency might be most effective in your congregation?
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