Cultural Competency training review by the West District Associate Lay Leader

by | Sep 1, 2022 | Religion and Race, West District Lay Leader(s) Blog

Cultural competency training at Shepherd of the Valley

The day began by learning how RESPECT helps us in our communication. (You will have to take the training to learn what RESPECT means). Then we learned a little about ourselves and the other participants with a time of sharing.  Next, we looked for examples of diversity in the Bible. There are plenty of Biblical stories showing us diversity. Then we learned what culture is. According to the web, culture is the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social groups. It is not just food, Language, dress, or behavior. Which is what the top of an Iceberg looks like (our limited view). We know that an iceberg hides so much below the surface, and we learned to look at what was underneath; where we come from, how we were brought up and how we live now, our body language, values, facial expression, and so much more. We are all so different, and our cultural dimensions influence how we view culture. The training ended with us wanting more to understand our culture and how we live. There will be more with train-the-trainer classes coming in November, with the second training series coming in 2023.

Find out more or register for the Train-the-trainer session on November 17-19, “Cultural Competency Train-the-Trainer Part 2: “Counteracting Bias: Seeing People as They Are,” at https://dscumc.org/event/cultural-competency-train-the-trainer-part-2-bias. Please note that Part 1 training is not required to become a trainer in Part 2: “Counteracting Bias: Seeing People as They Are.”

Questions about the November training may go to Rev. Khalif Smith. Find additional information from Religion and Race at https://dscumc.org/committee/religion-and-race.

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Author: Joyce Trevolt

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