Talking about Cultural Diversity in Your Church gives classes, workshops, or small groups the opportunity to discuss issues of multiculturalism. Presenting what culture means in the first part of the book shows how understanding and misunderstandings of culture affect American society. The heart of the book is eleven case studies with discussion questions. These concrete cases allow participants to see about how their understandings of culture have real world implications. And the discussion questions let participants talk in meaningful ways about these difficult issues.
Michael V. Angrosino leads a series of workshops teaching churches ways to work with issues of cultural diversity. He has a graduate degree in pastoral theology and doctorate in cultural anthropology. He teaches at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Chapter 1 The Challenge of Cultural Diversity Chapter 2 Background Issues Chapter 3 Culture in Social Science Perspective Chapter 4 Reflections on Cultural Diversity Chapter 5 The United States as a Pluralistic Society Chapter 6 Special Challenges for Religion in a Pluralistic Society Chapter 7 Skills for Effective Intercultural Communication Chapter 8 A Case Study in Communication Across Ethnic Borders Chapter 9 A Case Study in Religious Pluralism Chapter 10 A Case Study in Social Class and Social Resonsibility Chapter 11 A Case Study in Gender Rights Chapter 12 A Case Study in Sexual Orientation Chapter 13 A Case Study in Aging Chapter 14 A Case Study in Disability and Community Chapter 15 A Case Study in Racial Attitudes Chapter 16 A Case Study in Language as Social Capital Chapter 17 A Case Study in Family Organization Chapter 18 A Case Study in Interfaith Cooperation Chapter 19 Conclusion