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Talking about Cultural Diversity in Your Church: Gifts and Challenges
     

Talking about Cultural Diversity in Your Church: Gifts and Challenges

by Michael V. Angrosino
 

In the Great Commission, Jesus told his followers to 'go and make disciples of all nations'. But today, you don't need to be a missionary in another country to come across different cultures. In your neighborhood, school, workplace, and shopping area you probably run across many people with backgrounds vastly different from your own. To have an effective ministry

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In the Great Commission, Jesus told his followers to 'go and make disciples of all nations'. But today, you don't need to be a missionary in another country to come across different cultures. In your neighborhood, school, workplace, and shopping area you probably run across many people with backgrounds vastly different from your own. To have an effective ministry in the U.S. today, outside or inside the church, Christians need to be aware of how people's culture affects the ways they think and live. Talking about Cultural Diversity in Your Church gives classes, workshops, or small groups the opportunity to discuss issues of multiculturalism. Presenting what culture means in the first part of the book shows how understanding and misunderstandings of culture affect American society. This beginning section encourages readers to be aware of their own cultural assumptions and how these assumptions color relations with others. It then highlights special skills for communicating between cultures and highlights the special challenges for religion in a pluralistic society. But the heart of the book is eleven case studies with discussion questions. These concrete cases allow participants to see about how their understandings of culture have real world implications. And the discussion questions let participants talk in meaningful ways about these difficult issues. If you want a useful discussion about multiculturalism in your congregation, you should take a look at Talking about Cultural Diversity in Your Church. Visit the author's web page

Editorial Reviews

Calvin Theological Journal
For groups who use this workbook, there is much to be gained. Religious professionals are not the only audience who stand to benefit...For adult religion classes eager to confront social issues, the workbook offers strong possibilities. Another potential audience for the workbook is America's faith-based colleges and universities. In fact, I am strongly considering it for my own course, Diversity and Inequality, at the Christian liberal arts college where I teach.
R. Daniel Shaw
This workbook on cultural diversity provides a much needed perspective on complex and ever-changing concerns in increasingly pluralist American churches. Michael Angrosino sensitively applies anthropological principles to analyze issues that confront Christianity in contemporary culture: age, class, disability, ethnicity, family, gender, language, power, race, and sexuality. Through a series of well-crafted case studies, complete with presentation, analysis and discussion questions, the author draws readers into participatory interaction by people who desire to live out their Christianity in a diverse society. The book is ideal for consciousness-raising seminars in churches and classes geared for training clergy and laity alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759101807
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
09/24/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

Michael V. Angrosino leads a series of workshops teaching churches ways to work with issues of cultural diversity. He has a graduate degree in pastoral theology and doctorate in cultural anthropology. He teaches at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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