Andrea Mysen, Diocese of Chicago
The College for Congregational Development (CCD) is a training program designed to equip lay and ordained leaders to develop healthy, vital congregations of all shapes, sizes, and contexts. We cover a multitude of areas in CCD, and our newest unit addresses cultural competency.
All of us have culture, and in fact, operate within multiple cultural contexts in our lives. Culture is like the air we breathe - we move about in it constantly, mostly at an unconscious level. The effectiveness with which we interact and communicate with the cultures of others is called intercultural competence.
In this workshop we will use a tool called the Intercultural Development Continuum to help us assess our own attitudes, comfort, and effectiveness in interacting with different cultures, and talk about ways to increase our own and our congregations’ cultural awareness. We will also briefly talk about the Chicago CCD program, which is open to lay and ordained leaders from any diocese.