Welcome to the Education page! The purpose of this page is to present relevant and important topics from various perspectives. I will host video and/or Facebook Live conversations with various guests. Viewers will be able to submit questions and comments during conversations to enhance the overall learning experience.
Quarterly Topic: Diversity (Airing Date TBD)
An important topic that needs to be addressed is Diversity in the American Church. Broadly, America prides itself on its cultural and ethnic variation. This pride is reflected in the changing complexion of the American church. Back in the 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King stated that 11am on Sunday is the most segregated hour in America (see video here). However, a recent 15-year study out of Baylor University and Northern Park University in Chicago suggests that the percentage of multiracial congregations and the amount of racial/ethnic diversity in congregations have increased; mostly in protestant churches (Dougherty & Emerson, 2018). The study also suggests that churches still remain more segregated than society. How does this trend influence your church experience? What advice would you like to offer to viewers?
Before we can honestly answer these questions, it is important to understand our own beliefs about diversity.
Topic 1: Crossing Your Own Familiar Borders: Understanding Your Own Beliefs About Diversity
Special guests and I will share the origins of our own ideas about diversity. We will then reflect on our ideas about diversity and determine if they are accurate/justifiable. Lastly, we will decide and share whether our ideas about diversity will enhance our lives and the lives of those we encounter.
Reflections for viewers and guests:
What new information did you learn?
How might you apply your new learning?
What are 2 suggestions for future topics?
Call to Action:
I encourage you to slow down and take some time to talk with people; especially across cultural and ethnic backgrounds. You may be surprised at how a small act like this will make your day and enhance someone’s life for years to come.