The following pages provide fivemodules for Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers. The content is
designed to assist those leading workshops on building intercultural competence
for ministers. The intent is to offer ministry leaders an opportunity to
achieve a basic level of awareness and proficiency in the area of intercultural
competency through the five guidelines recommended by the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Cultural Diversity in the
STRUCTURE OF THESE GUIDELINES
These guidelines are divided into
five sections representing five different modules:
Module 1: Frame issues of diversity
theologically in terms of the Church’s identity and mission to evangelize.
Module 2: Seek an understanding of culture and how it works.
Module 3: Develop intercultural communication skills in pastoral
Module 4: Expand one’s knowledge of the obstacles which impede
effective intercultural relations.
Module 5: Foster Ecclesial integration rather than assimilation in
Church settings with a spirituality of hospitality, reconciliation and mission.
HOW TO USE THE BUILDING
INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE FOR MINISTERS (BICM) GUIDELINES
At the beginning of each module is a list of goals and outcomes
clearly identified to guide the training process. There are also group
activities specific to each module that encourage effective interaction and
constructive group dynamics. This promotes an atmosphere that is most conducive
to open authentic dialogue within a group setting.
Additionally, each section features
a list of resources relevant to that specific module. The Glossary of Terms at the end of this resource
provides useful terminology in the area of cultural diversity.
It is recommended that further
reading be done on this topic such as the material outlined in the Catholic Cultural Diversity Network Convocation Notebook,
which is a valuable additional resource based on the experience of the Catholic
Cultural Diversity Network Convocation (CCDNC). For instance, the process by
which “witnesses” were selected to voice the stories of their particular
community is detailed in the Notebook available on the USCCB Cultural
Diversity in the Church webpage.
The Building Intercultural
Competencies for Ministers (BICM) video
gives an introductory overview of the workshops and the overall vision that
brought forth the development of the competencies. It serves as an
inspirational visual guide on the work that has been piloted by the Committee
on Cultural Diversity in the Church.
Finally, the results of a National
Consultation on Best Practices in Culturally Diverse/Shared Parishes will
also be available soon on the USCCB website.