In a post last week, I highlighted some practical ways to begin addressing ethnocentrism that we have worked on together here. Here are some personal and organizational questions to help us get started. (I/we)
[Maybe some of these work for denominational and theological fights too.]
- Am I being honest about how I feel and my own biases? Have I admitted and confessed them?
- Am I willing to truly repent and make concrete changes in behavior and thinking?
- Am I pretending to be neutral or that I don’t have any problems? (We all have them)
- What are my own prejudices?
- Who are my friends? Who do I usually talk to?
- How do I talk about other groups?
- Do I use stereotypes or code words?
- How do I respond when my friends talk about other groups?
- What do my children learn from me?
- Does my lifestyle promote justice?
- Am I proactively breaking down barriers?
- Is there diversity in leadership? In hiring?
- Do our structures encourage diversity?
- Are other ethnic identities encouraged and affirmed?
- How are funds and resources distributed?
- Is ethnic and economic justice taught?
- Are we modeling the family of God?
In relationship to churches, Mark DeYmaz gives Seven Core Commitments of a Multi-ethnic Church: (Mosaix Global Network)
- Embrace dependence: determine to trust God to provide financially and spiritually.
- Take intentional steps: make changes to attract people outside the majority demographic.
- Empower diverse leadership: multi-ethnic churches require multi-ethnic staff.
- Develop cross-cultural relationships: work through awkwardness to develop true friendships.
- Pursue cross-cultural competence: learn to be sensitive to cultural differences.
- Promote a spirit of inclusion: commit to being comfortable being uncomfortable.
- Mobilize for impact: take steps to minister to the greater community and make disciples.
Thanks: Brandon O’Brien Leadership Off the Agenda – [Accessed 22 April 2008]