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Caldwell College
New graduate course on multicultural ministry offered

Caldwell College Department of Theology and Philosophy has announced a new elective course in its offerings for the Master’s in Pastoral Ministry to be introduced this summer. Sister Barbara A. Moore, OP, coordinator for the program, describes the need for the course, entitled “The Contemporary Multicultural Church”: “New and differing waves of immigration to the United States today have changed the composition of church communities. This cultural shift presents a challenge to both leadership and membership. There is a need for understanding the underlying tensions that come when cultures are rooted in continents beyond Europe and North American. Church communities need to study ways to integrate and cultivate environments of welcome and hospitality.

“The purpose of the new course,” Sister Barbara continues, is “to assist adult students in dealing effectively with the multicultural dimensions of ministry and mission, by providing the theological basis and history of the multicultural church, and the cultures of its members.”

The course will be taught by Sister Barbara and Rosann Bar, Ph.D., professor of sociology. The course will include experiential learning, expert guest lecturers, panel discussions, a visit to a historic site, cultural sensitivity training, and practical strategies for dealing with multicultural differences and conflict.

The course runs on Monday and Wednesday evenings from May 17 through June 23 at Caldwell College. For more information, visit the Caldwell College pastoral ministry news page.