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1 Canadian Churches Forum for Global Ministries (CCFGM) Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM) 2013 Pilot Program WHO The people involved The Participants: Ministry leaders from dominant, White Canadian backgrounds and leaders from other backgrounds in congregations with dominant White Canadian members who desire to foster vibrant communities shaped by cultural relevance, understanding and awareness. Individuals and congregations with theologically grounded appreciation for diversity and justice orientation for mutual, respectful, faithful relationships across cultural difference. Individuals who are able to participate in a 6-day program or series of three, 2-day programs. Individuals preparing for placements with Canadian church partners outside of Canada. The Facilitation team CCFGM worked with Global Learning Partners to prepare a team of Core Facilitators who shape and guide the program using resources of current CCFGM programs, consultation with ministry partners, and their own intercultural ministry and leadership experiences. Each program will be facilitated by: DUIM Core Facilitators DUIM Core Facilitators with training in Adult Dialogue Education and backgrounds in intercultural ministry to guide the teaching and integration of learning throughout the full program. Additional DUIM Core Facilitators with Adult Dialogue Education and intercultural ministry experience to guide specific units of the program. Other resource persons from the wider community with specific expertise to share. Canadian Churches Forum for Global Ministries (CCFGM) CCFGM is an ecumenical, Christian partnership through which Canadian Churches work towards learning for intercultural leadership, development, and ministry. It draws on over 90 years of experience preparing individuals for ministry and life in intercultural settings. WHY The Reason Over the past several years CCFGM hosted consultations with partners in Canadian churches. In these consultations a clear need was expressed for faith-based, intentional learning for building faithful relationships within culturally diverse communities. 1

2 Canadian Churches increasingly desire to appreciate in thought, word and deed the diversity within Canada and within their own ministry settings. Cultural diversity is not a new phenomenon in Canada, but there is recognition that building faithful relationships requires intentional learning. While there are many resources on the topic, there is an expressed need for faith-based training for intercultural ministry, particularly one shaped by a justice approach to diversity which fosters mutual, respectful, faithful relationships across cultural difference. SO THAT- The Desired Change The church is better equipped to respond to today s contexts, especially to cultural diversity. Participants have transformed mind set, heart set and skill set to allow them, as people of faith, to be in better relationships across differences. Participants have a greater appreciation for cultural awareness and literacy. Participants have more self awareness of their cultural identity and of power and privilege. Participants have a greater knowledge of their own abilities in intercultural settings. Participants have a deeper knowledge of how their culture impacts their ways of relating to others, their theology, and their way of being church. Participants feel empowered, encouraged, and supported - able to hold themselves and others in a place of grace for learning, growth, and healthy change. Participants are committed to continuing the journey of cultural self awareness and can name some additional skills and training they will need in their ministry settings. Participants are able to apply faith based approaches to theories of culture and healthy relationships in practical ways to their own ministry settings. WHEN & WHERE The time and place WHEN - February day program. 8:30 a.m. Monday to 3:00 p.m. Saturday. Preceded by 2-day International Personnel Supplement. Saturday 8:30 5:00; Sunday 8:30 4:00 WHERE - Scarboro Mission Centre, 2685 Kingston Rd. Scarborough ON WHEN - June day program. 8:30 a.m. Monday to 3:00 p.m. Saturday Preceded by 2-day International Personnel Supplement. Saturday 8:30 5:00; Sunday 8:30 4:00 WHERE Toronto School of Theology Building. 47 Queen s Park Crescent East. Downtown Toronto. WHEN - Series of three, 2-day seminars begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and end at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. September 13-14; October 11 12; November 15-16, WHERE Toronto School of Theology Building. 47 Queen s Park Crescent East. Downtown Toronto. 2

3 WHAT The skills, knowledge, and attitudes to be developed Personal abilities and aptitudes in intercultural settings explored through terminology, models, and analysis. Appreciation of need for understanding culture and for providing intentional learning, community, and dialogue in intercultural ministries. Humility and confidence to name, understand, and when necessary, to change some characteristics of own conscious and unconscious culture. Analysis of power and privilege vis-à-vis culture and racial identity. Historic roots and formation of Western culture and recognition of influence in shaping characteristics of dominant Canadian culture. Interaction of culture with: theology, church structures and practices, worship, authority, and interpretation of scripture. Understanding of ministry context and its characteristics through lenses of culture definitions, models, and analysis Potential causes of intercultural conflict and ability to name and practice other approaches. Self care and community care for intercultural work. Prior Discernment (self select for program based on content & approach) Intercultural Self Assessment Tool (offered online) Program Schedule and Content International Personnel Some DUIM participants are preparing for international placements. They will participate in a 2-day International Personnel Supplement prior to the core DUIM program. Day 1: Monday Getting Started 8:30 Registration and Refreshments 9:00 Welcome 9:15 Introductions Cultural Map Exercise Purpose of the Program Participant Motives Respectful Communication Guidelines and Pedagogy 11:30 Worship 1:30 Developing Intercultural Skills I: Cultural identity, awareness and literacy Self-reflection Models of culture Dimensions of culture 4:00 Circle and Prayer 3

4 Day 2: Tuesday Shaped By Culture 9:15 Developing Intercultural Skills II: Examining Power Historical foundations - Enlightenment - White Identity - Schooling the World - What does power look like? Exercise - Social Location 1:30 Analysis of White Power and Privilege Day 3: Wednesday Faith, Theology, & Culture 9:15 Application of Developing Intercultural Skills I & II - What is the culture of our church? (history, purpose, glimpses of beloved community). - Where am I in culture? (family origins and identity) - Introduction to small group projects 1:30 Culture and Theology 2:30 Reflection Grace Margin and Other Tools Day 4: Thursday When Cultures Collide 9:15 Review Developing Skills for Intercultural Learning I & II Conflict Engagement Pastoral Care Across Cultural Difference - Panel Discussion 1:30 Reflection 2:30 Worship and Song 4

5 Day 5: Friday Culture in Context 9:15 Taking Stock - Recall tools, concepts, insights Small Group Work - Apply learning to specific ministry context (e.g. pastoral care, worship, community engagement, Christian education, international ministry placement) 1:30 Small Group Work 3:45 Group Presentations Day 6: Saturday Next Steps 9:15 Group Presentations 11:00 Self Care and Community Care 1:30 Naming Learning Evaluation Commitments Next Steps 2:30 Closing Worship 5

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