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  1. Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers Sample for Training Workshop Committee On Cultural Diversity in the Church United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

  2. Catholic Families in the United StatesAccording to Cultures/Ethnicities African American Family Asian Pacific Islander Family European American Family Hispanic Latino Family Native American Family Migrants, Refugees, People on the Move

  3. Underpinnings Theology for Intercultural Ministry • Christian Anthropology - (A Christian Understanding of the Human Person) • Ecclesiology: The Church as Communion • Catholicity: Universality, Unity in Diversity • The Church as missionary

  4. Intercultural Competence • Intercultural Competence is the capacity to: • Communicate • Work • Relate • …across cultural boundaries.

  5. Chapter Outline • Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination • In-Group and Out-Group Dynamics • Ways We Judge the “Other”

  6. Iceberg Concept of Culture

  7. Competencies in Intercultural Group Communications Communication Styles Based on Face Management Leadership Dealing with Conflict Meeting and Decision Making

  8. RESPECTFUL COMMUNICATION GUIDELINE R: take RESPONSIBILITY for what you say and feel, and speak with words others can hear and understand E: use EMPATHETIC listening, not just words but also feelings being expressed, non-verbal language including silence S: be SENSITIVE to differences in communication styles P: PONDER on what you hear and feel before you speak E: EXAMINE your own assumptions and perceptions C: keep CONFIDENTIALITY T: TRUST the process because we are NOT here to debate who is right or wrong but to experience true dialogue. The Mutual Invitation Method (Eric Law) 

  9. From Newcomers to Stewards of the Faith Community Solidarity: “a firm and persevering determination to commit one-self <and a whole faith community> to the common good” Ownership Integration/Inclusion Belonging Communion: The communion of the Church, rooted in God’s love, is called to offer all people the sense of identity, purpose and community they seek. Catholic Identity Encounter with Christ – Catholic Identity: Conversion means to “turn one’s mind and heart around.” Stewardship

  10. Hospitality Cycle for Ecclesial Integration/Inclusion Solidarity Sense of belonging Conversion Ownership Communion Catholic Identity Mission Encounter Stewardship

  11. Articulate a vision of ministry based on ecclesial integration/inclusion • Recognize and affirm cultural, linguistic and racial differences as a gift from God not a problem to be solved • Promote the formation of culturally specific ministries, parish groups and apostolic movements as means for conversion and community building • Avoid the temptation to expect others to assimilate into a one-size- fits-all youth group, program or activity

  12. Foster the inculturation of the Gospel in all cultures • Be aware of your own cultural heritage • Use the concept of inculturation of the Gospel • Be willing to be a bridge builder rather than a gate-keeper • Avoid the tendency to see your culture as better or more valuable than the cultures of others, and the we—they language • Commit to the spirit of mission of the New Evangelization and its ongoing transformation of all cultures by the Gospel values

  13. Plan with the people, • not for the people • First listen and welcome the unique perspectives of diverse parishioners you are trying to reach • Include them, from the beginning, in the development of plans, programs and activities • Avoid planning for others and judging them when they don’t show up to your activity

  14. Broaden your understanding of ministry groups, programs, and structures, and cast a bigger • Recognize the unique experiences, needs, and aspirations of each cultural/ethnic community in your parish • Understand that the existence of more than one cultural group in your parish as a blessing • Promote the formation of culturally specific groups and apostolic movements • Avoid the perception that allowing the formation of culturally specific groups creates division or separation • Commit to creating welcoming spaces for all Catholic people living in your parish

  15. Empower people from the different cultures/ethnicities into leadership positions • Understand the way in which people from different cultures view leadership, organize themselves and make decisions • Identify indigenous leaders and mentor them into leadership positions in ministry within their own cultural/ethnic community and in the parish as a whole • Avoid a mentality of scarcity- ‘there is not enough for everyone’- and foster a vision of mission and growth that generates more resources