UULI-Intercultural Skills for a Diverse World (205) (Spring 2016)

Understanding and Applying the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS)

Why have come antiracism and multicultural efforts been successful in some congregations and not-so-successful in others?

Each of us has culture–conscious and unconscious ways of being in the world. To become a truly multicultural faith, we need leaders who can build relationships effectively across difference including ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender, and more. Come learn about a model of understanding cultural competence which will help you learn these skills.

This is training is similar to Who Are Our Neighbors, offered to ministers through the UUMA a few years ago. This training is ideal for both congregations that have racial and ethnic diversity and congregations who perceive themselves to be homogenous. This framework will be helpful for all leaders including Religious Educators, Ministers, Board Members, Music Directors, Social Justice committee members, and emerging leaders.

You will learn:

  • a model of understanding how people engage with difference at different developmental levels and how to meet them where they are
  • what people at different developmental stages need
  • begin to coach your congregation into intercultural capacity
  • learn to start with the difference already in the room

Rev. Rob Keithan is a faith organizing and training consultant specializing in reproductive health, rights and justice issues as well as congregational social justice programs. His current focus is working on faith engagement with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. He recently served as Director of Public Policy at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, where he led a program that provides training to religious leaders on offering pastoral care related to reproductive decision-making and loss.  Previously, Rev. Keithan served as a consulting minister at two Unitarian Universalist congregations and Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Washington Office.

In addition to leading programs on intercultural communication and conflict resolution, Rob has helped to develop and lead countless programs on advocacy and organizing, and trained hundreds of facilitators to lead the junior high and high school portions of the Our Whole Lives comprehensive sexuality education curriculum.

He is an affiliated minister of All Souls Church Unitarian and lives with his partner Mandy in Washington, DC.

One Reply to “UULI-Intercultural Skills for a Diverse World (205) (Spring 2016)”

  1. Sharon Walker

    For a behavior different from my own: My focus has been on racial differences. That is why I am taking this course. What has taken me by surprise for this example is a religious cultural difference. Recently, in news reports of people being rescued from floods or fires they thank God, or it was their belief in Jesus that saw then through the disaster. For me in the culture of Unitarian Universalism that I am a part of, it is a result of personal strength, modern science, and the support of our community that sees us through.

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