Archive for July, 2010

Perceive the power!

Understanding racial and social privilege

To be presented over the internet, on August 5, 2010, from 10 to 11 a.m. Eastern time

To register now, click on the link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/186677035

Each of us experiences and relates to the world through a certain cultural lens.  Where we are born, the society we live in, our family, all shape and influence our cultural viewpoint of the world.  Our gender, race, social class, place of birth and the resources to which we have access are like the lens on a set of glasses, coloring and determining not only our expectations and experience of the world.   But this is not all.  Who we are also determines, in part, how others relate to us and perceive us, through their own cultural lens. 

The Presbyterian Church (USA) strives for mission partnerships where those involved engage one another with respect, dignity and mutuality.  To achieve this goal, we must understand how our various cultural backgrounds influence the way we perceive and relate to people from other cultures. 

Have you ever thought about the questions: 

What power dynamics come into play in intercultural mission relationships?

How can we learn to be aware of these dynamics, and how can we best handle them?

2007 07 29 tripeace bloe social privilege photo

One of the TriPeace blog authors at a Christian event in Guangzhou, China 

This Perceive the power! Webinar will examine the ways we exercise power and privilege in mission relationships.  Three experts will guide the conversation: 

  • Kristin Hamner (mission co-worker in the Dominican Republic, serving as a Self-Development of People partnership facilitator with the Foundation for Peace),
  • Veeda Javaid (executive director, and Sana Tariq, staff member of the Presbyterian Education Board of Pakistan, a PC(USA) global partner), and
  • Rev. Hardy Kim (former Young Adult Volunteer to Northern Ireland, currently associate pastor for Church Growth at First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia)


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