Date of Award

4-2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Religion (MAR)

Department

Divinity College

Supervisor

Joyce Bellous

Language

English

Abstract

Toward an Educational Model for Leaders in Multicultural Congregations

The author articulates a Christian response to multiculturalism that informs the development of an educational model to enable the growth of congregational leaders in multiculturaI self-awareness and intercultural dialogue skills. A contrast is indicated between the mono-cultural, homogeneous congregation and the multicultural, heterogeneous congregation. The author draws upon multicultural social theory, biblical studies, theological reflection, leadership studies, a social research project conducted with leaders in multi-ethnic congregations, intercultural communication skills and adult education methodologies. These studies support the development of two analytical tools---a Multicultural Leader Profile, and a Developmental Matrix for Multicultural Leaders-and suggested an educational model for fostering multiculturaI self-awareness and intercultural dialogue skills in congregational leaders. The author's conclusion is that leaders in multi-ethnic congregations must move through a process of cognitive and affective redefinition to enable the development of authentic multicultural congregations.

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[missing pages:42,43]

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