Presentation on theme: "Multicultural parishes and PFG’s. What is your family culture? -where are your from? -what do you do differently from others? -what and how do you eat?"— Presentation transcript:
What is your family culture? -where are your from? -what do you do differently from others? -what and how do you eat? -is anyone in the family from another culture? (racial, religious etc) What do you appreciate about a culture other than your own? What puzzles you about aspects of another?
3 contrasting dimensions of cultural difference Low distance of authorityHigh distance of authority Individualistic culturesCollectivie cultures Low-context communicationHigh-context communication WesternEastern Icons used were designed by Liu Young
Culture is like a skin or a language it transmits meaning (values, customs, etc) Sub-cultures exist (e.g. Collingwood/AFL is different from Storm/NRL) but both football Like skin, if it is stripped away, a community is injured or killed Culture
We need to know and understand the ‘inner history’ of our own culture & the cultures we are involved with Some cultures regard themselves as superior to others (rock and an egg experience) Culture
Catholic and Protestant cultures Superior ‘attitudes’ can ignore the sacredness of culture We are rediscovering the sense of connectedness that most ancient cultures had Culture
Every culture creates boundaries that divide, classify and rank Supporters maintain the boundaries Some individuals cross the boundaries or outsiders challenge them Boundaries: Inside & Outside
INSIDERS Those in authority, with appointed roles or with influence (Big shots) ---------------------------- Have limited power Nobodies, children, Deviants (criminals etc) Maginalised (sex, language, etc) (Insignificant) OUTSIDERS Strangers, Vulnerable, Learners Accept unimportant roles (Servants) ------------------------------- Not committed Tourists, visitors, opportunists, short termers, invaders (Nuisances)
Religious culture Religious culture Our religious culture has very clear outsiders Jesus showed true inclusion by bringing in the outsiders Mark 1: 40-45
Religious culture Religious culture Jesus challenged insider participants to encounter and welcome the marginalised outsiders Who are insiders and outsiders in: a) the wider church b) your parish c) your PFG?
Make-up of a parish or a PFG 1990: The parish is 80% British/Celtic: 10% European; 10% Asian 10% European; 10% Asian 2000: The parish is 60% British/Celtic 2000: The parish is 60% British/Celtic 10% European; 15% Asian; 10% European; 15% Asian; 15% Middle Eastern 15% Middle Eastern 2012. The parish is 40% British/Celt ; 5% European 2012. The parish is 40% British/Celt ; 5% European 35% Asian; 20% Middle Eastern/African 35% Asian; 20% Middle Eastern/African
Make-up of a parish or a PFG 40% Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh 5% Dutch, German, Italian, Polish 5% Dutch, German, Italian, Polish 20% Sudanese, Kenyan, Iraqui, Palestinian, Sth African 35% Korean, Vietnamese, Indian, Burmese, Lebanese
Make-up of a parish or a PFG What are some things that need to be taken into account for: - worship - making or feeling welcome - one to one conversation - belonging/being involved - including in groups (e.g. PFG’s)
PFG’s in your parish PFG’s in your parish What different cultures do you have in your parish? Do some of them keep separate? Why do they do that?
PFG’s in your parish PFG’s in your parish Can they be included in a PFG? How? What practical things can we do to help us belong to a multicultural PFG?
Cultural Difference Culture helps to give order and meaning to human behaviour. Values, practices, and beliefs of a culture are the products of the conditioning and learning that take place within the family, social groups and countries of origin E.g. Maori, Samoan, Tongan and other polynesian people have many common values, but some different beliefs and customs
Cultural Terminology Intercultural: communication between cultures and the engagement of cultural difference Multicultural: different cultures co-existing in the same place at the same time Acculturation: the process of cultural change where contact between two or more ‘cultures’ leads to one group taking over elements of the other group’s culture
Cultural Terminology Subculture: a sub-group of a larger culture that is different and unified in that difference (Bikie gang, goths)
Intercultural Sensitivity Dominance: “We are the centre of the Universe” 1.Denial -lack of awareness of cultural differences Defence 2.Defence - cultural differences are disturbing - different cultural groups are put down
Intercultural Sensitivity Intercultural Sensitivity Minimise Cultural differences are acknowledged but not taken seriously Cultural differences are at the very core of a person’s identity so they do matter Being the home culture is no excuse, especially for a follower of Jesus
Intercultural Sensitivity Acceptance Acceptance respect for behavior and value differences; Adaptation Adaptation learning to communicate across multiple cultures & worldviews Integration Integration able to be accepting, even ‘marginal’ within various cultures
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