Make plans to be in Sacramento the day before Annual Conference Session and take advantage of a "Cultural Competency as a Leadership Skill" workshop, Tuesday, June 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at First United Methodist Church of Sacramento.
The willingness and ability to shift perspectives and change behavior depending upon the cultural context is the basis of cultural competency. As we become more culturally competent, we increase our skills and enlarge our social networks of understanding and support. We become more effective pastors as we walk and serve with others.
Facilitated by Dr. Shan McSpadden of Pacific School of Religion and the Conference Commission on Religion and Race, the June 15 workshop will meet the BOOM requirement for cultural competency and will give .75 CEUs.
Presentations, small group discussions, experiential activities and practical tools will focus upon
· gaining specific skills for cross-cultural interaction, and
· being able to apply concepts and skills to ministry.
Clergy also will have the opportunity to develop an individual learning/activity plan aimed at increasing cultural competence for effective ministry. They will learn from each other the challenges and possibilities which are shaped by racial and cultural identity in the U.S. context.
Workshop cost of $75 covers registration, materials, room rental, and lunch (provided by the church).
"Increasing one's cultural competence is a spiritual practice as we shift away from viewing others through our particular world view – and in that way, expand our ability to engage people in their reality with their own perspectives on life," McSpadden says. "Our relationships become more trust-filled and we are better able to pastor with, and advocate for, persons who are culturally and racially different than ourselves."
First UMC is located at 2100 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816.