Cultural Competency – A Leadership Skill for Building and Strengthening the Church: Two Workshop Opportunities for Clergy

January 13, 2011

There will be two opportunities in the spring to develop your Cultural Competency leadership skills. Cultural Competency is defined as the willingness and ability to shift perspectives and change behavior, depending upon the cultural/racial context – and developing it requires a spiritual journey. The goal is to become more effective witnesses for the gospel of Jesus.

Clergy workshops will be offered on Thursday March 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at United Japanese Church in Clovis, and on Tuesday June 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the day before Annual Conference Session begins), at First United Methodist Church of Sacramento, located near the Sacramento Convention Center.
Would you like to:
  • Gain specific skills which will build toward cultural competency?
  • Understand the concepts regarding cross-cultural/cross-racial interaction and be able to apply these concepts to your own ministry context?
  • Experience difference as a way to be in relationship rather than to be separated?
  • Develop your own learning/activity plan aimed at increasing cultural competence?
 Join one of the spring workshop groups, to:
  • Become more aware of our values, our world view, and the assumptions which affect our ability to function effectively and to develop trusting relationships across cultural and racial boundaries
  • Learn culturally effective communication skills
  • Learn from each other the challenges and possibilities which are shaped by racial and cultural identities
  • Grapple with the effects of social privilege
  • Explore adapting our behavior to be more authentically engaged
Each session is designed with a mixture of activities – presentations, experiential activities, small group discussions, films/videos, and individual reflections. Registration fee of $85 per workshop includes resource materials and lunch. Each workshop is eligible for .75 Clergy CEUs.
To register, click on the Registrations tab on the Home Page of the Conference website at
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