The goal of the Committee onCultural Diversity in the Church is that ministry leaders who attend these
trainings increase their capacity to welcome, receive, and encourage all
emerging cultural groups to assume their role of leadership in the Church and, in
turn, to train other ministry leaders to do the same.
This formation program aims to
prepare ministry leaders to:
- Articulate the general
outlines of a theology and spirituality of ministry in intercultural settings,
including the manner in which the Magisterium understands the concepts of
evangelization, the New Evangelization, and inculturation.
- Increase awareness regarding how to communicate appropriately with persons and groups in
cultures other than one's own.
- Increase awareness regarding how to communicate effectively with persons and groups in
cultures other than one's own.
- Gain the ability to identify and articulate patterns of prejudice
that impede intergroup interaction.
- Provide a rationale for the inclusion and integration of diverse
cultural groups into the life and mission of the parish and diocese.
- Teach the content of the five modules with confidence.
The Training of Trainers Workshop provides an opportunity
for ministers to attain a foundational first
level of competence in intercultural relations and communications. It is
also designed to orient trainers to methodology, strategies, and activities
suited to teach the content of the program.
The Training of Trainers workshop will cover the five
learning modules of the Guidelines on Building
issues of diversity in terms of the Church's identity and mission to evangelize
2. Seek an understanding of culture and how it
intercultural communication skills in pastoral settings
one's knowledge of the obstacles which impede effective intercultural relations
5. Foster Ecclesial integration rather than assimilation in Church settings, with a
spirituality of reconciliation and mission.
The structure of this training of
trainer's workshop assures a "multiplier effect." The trainers will complete the
program and, upon return to their diocese, will train others in the material.
Adult and experiential learning principles and techniques are the basic
methodologies, because these are suited for effective behavioral training
goals. They encourage participants to practice and refine skills and processes.
The program also uses participatory learning strategies like group discussion,
role-playing, games, simulations, and case studies.
Short Term Benefits
Participants who attend this training program will be
able to network with other ministry leaders in order to form an intercultural
competence training team in their diocese, entity, or organization.
Access to educational resources about intercultural
Long Term Benefits
Growth in one's own capacity to help parishes,
schools, local ministries, and national organizations tap into the vitality of
emerging new groups.
The ability to form/train others serving in leadership
roles for dioceses, parishes, and national organizations to incorporate the
gifts of other cultures and advance the process of giving and receiving among
all God's people.
Establish a foundation for mutual acceptance and
trust among diverse communities present in the diocese.