Deep Roots, Wide Reach
Journeying into the Heart of Christ
March 11-14, 2006
Columbus, Ohio
Diversity
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The condition of being diverse
Diverse: differing from one another,
composed of distinct or unlike elements
of qualities
(Merriam Webster)
Fasting Growing groups:
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Asian population 43%--10.8 million
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Hispanic population 38.8 %--31.3 million
How many customs and
languages can we accommodate?
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Spanish
Russian
Tagalong
Jainism
Muslim
Hindu
…came across the Atlantic
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Spanish and French Catholics
British Anglicans and Quakers
Sephardic Jews
Dutch reform Christians
Diversity broadened
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Africans brought with slave trade were
Muslims
Chinese and Japanese fortune mines
and fields of the West brought mixture
of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian
traditions
Eastern European Jews
Irish and Italian Catholics
Came from…
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Christian and Muslim immigrants from
Middle East
Sikhs settled in Central and Imperial
Valley of California
Immigrants last three decades
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Buddhists—Thailand, Vietnam,
Cambodia, China and Korea
Hindus—India, East Africa, Trinidad
Muslims—Indonesia, Bangladesh,
Pakistan, Middle East, Nigeria
Sikhs and Janis –India
Zoroastrians –India and Iran
Picture of church sign
Wide range of religious faith
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India’s range of religions
China’s range of religions
Latin American range of religions
Africa’s range of religions
Slide picture of India times
Diversity Activity
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Blue and Yellow Game
Diversity Categories
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Culture
Religion
Age
Political views
Body Image
Socio-Economic status
Gender
Sexual Orientation
Marital Status
Matthew 5:14
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…You are the light of the world”
Matthew 28:18-20
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…”Go therefore and make disciples of all
nations…”
Mark 4:22-23
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“…For there is nothing secret except to
be made visible, nothing is except to
come to the light. Anyone who has
ears to hear ought to hear…”
Ephesians 2:19
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“…So then you are no longer strangers
and sojourners, but you are fellow
citizens with the holy ones and
members of the household of God…”
Church—Traditional model
Church—Biblical Model
Club
spectators
Democracy: Election
Programs
Local church
Want
Feel comfortable
Conditional
Disciples of Jesus
Participants, minister
Theocracy of God
Meetings all time
Body
Need
Demands
Unconditional
Constitution of the United
States of America
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“We the people of the United States of
America…”
Picture of Muslims in prayer
Picture of Hospital chapel
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What
Would
Jesus
Do?
Picture of Nina, Pinto Santa
Maria
Latest census trends
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Hispanics now the largest minority
group
Blacks second place
Asian population continues to grow
Healthcare diversity
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Healthcare
Availability of services
Health insurance
Education
Socioeconomic status
Health practices
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Case Studies
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Case presentation
Readings, concepts, ideas
Questions for discussing the case
Objectives of case
New England Journal of
Medicine: February 25, 1999
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Reveals that racial and gender bias may
still play a role in influencing physicians
decision making
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Mind,
Body
And
Spirit
Emancipation Proclamation:
1863
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…freed the slaves, the Unions victory in
the Civil War ensured that their freedom
would be carried out
Civil Rights Act:
1964
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…secured civil liberties to Americans
regardless of gender, race, ethnicity and
religious or political affiliation
Discrimination:
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…based on social status, religious
beliefs, physical appearance, or national
identity …
Is a universal reality
Racism
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Is viewed as a form of idolatry …
incompatible with Christian theology
Prayer:
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Above all trust in the slow work of the Holy
One. We are quite naturally, impatient in
everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stage.
We are impatient of being on the way to
something unknown, something new; and yet
it is the law of all progress…that it is made by
passing through some stages of
instability…and that it may take a very long
time.
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And so it is with us. Our ideas mature
gradually. Let them grow, let them shape
themselves without undue haste. Don’t try to
force them on…for tomorrow cannot emerge
any more quickly.
Only God can say what this new spirit,
gradually forming within you will be.
Give the Holy One the benefit of believing
that God’s hand is leading you and accept the
anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and
incomplete. Teilhard de Chardin
Bibliography
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Spirituality, Health and Wholeness: An introductory Guide for
Health Care Professionals, Siroj Soajjakool and Henry
Lamberton, 2004, Haworth Press
A New Religious America: How a “Christian Community” has
now become the World’s most Religiously Diverse Nation, Diana
L. Eck, 2001, Harper San Francisco
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Video: Many Faces in God’s House, Global Solidarity, In the
Footsteps of Jesus, Who are my Sisters and Brothers
Pastoral Letters: Strangers No Longer, A Pastoral Letter
Concerning Migration: Called to Welcome the Stranger Among
us, Unity in Diversity
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“…It’s in everyone one of us to be wise,
find your heart,
Open up both your eyes,
We can all know everything without
ever knowing why…”
thank you, gracias, merci, dank u wel,
grazi…
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