Intercultural Competencies Workshops – Save the Dates!



Good evening, friends,

In our post-Pentecost season, we call to mind the Acts of the Apostles:
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language.They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.” (Acts 2: 5-11).

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the first disciples of Christ – missionary disciples – engaged in the art of intercultural competencies. We, too, are participants in that kind of grace with all the work we do with colleagues and students from such diverse backgrounds as are found in Asia, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and Australia.

What makes Holy Apostles College & Seminary special? We are increasingly globalizing, and for that, we need the assistance of the Holy Spirit, who has brought us an opportunity in the form of a grant from the Association of Theological Schools.
This coming academic year – 2017-2018 – we are going to engage as a community in coming to understand the mechanics of intercultural competencies with the help of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Cultural Diversity’s Intercultural Competencies workshop developed by Fr. Allan Deck, SJ. For the workshop modules, see http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/cultural-diversity/intercultural-competencies/
The dates of events:

  • An all-day workshop for all on campus faculty and staff followed by a dinner for all attendees at Saybrook Fishhouse in Rocky Hill. Date: Friday, September 8, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Dinner at Saybrook will start at 6:00 pm.
  • Five-Wednesday graduate student workshop. Dates: September 6, 13, 20, 27 and October 4 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Location: Chapel auditorium.
  • An evening workshop for all available members of the board of trustees followed by a dinner. Date: Tuesday, October 3, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm with dinner starting at 6:15 pm
  • Five-week online graduate student and online faculty/staff workshop. Dates: October 16-November 17. Taught by Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson.
  • All community – four live spring webinars, one each month from January through April building on data drawn from the fall workshops. Alumni are encouraged to attend.
As you can see, we’re aiming for saturation in the work developed by the USCCB for the purpose of strengthening our understanding of what it means to be a global community as we continue to increase in our outreach to the world.
More to come on each event as the dates draw closer. Please mark your calendars with these dates.
Many blessings!

Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP
Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Vice-President of External Affairs and Governmental Compliance
Director of Assessment

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