The Colors of Culture
How diverse are your friendships?
We are living in a time where fear and mistrust among people of different cultural and ethnic groups is becoming the norm rather than the exception. It appears that cultural and racial divides are expanding rather than shrinking. What can we do?
We can learn to see every human being from God's perspective and value their experiences even when we don't understand them. To truly connect with people who are different from us will take the grace of God, compassion, and empathy. It will mean risking everything that we think we know about other cultures to initiate small steps toward befriending others.
In The Colors of Culture, MelindaJoy Mingo models reaching across cultures. Through vivid stories spanning several countries, Mingo shows the beauty of diverse friendships in her life. She takes risks and learns from her mistakes, recognizing that relationships are worth the cost.
Part 1: The Connection Between Culture and Identity
1. History Matters
2. Cultural Identity and Biases
3. Lessons in Humility
4. The Bible and Diversity
Part 2: Practices to Express Dignity and Compassion Toward Cultural Others
5. Pursue Understanding in Uncomfortable Situations
6. Show Kindness and Give Honor
7. Revisit Assumptions and Embrace Cultural Learning
Conclusion and Next Steps