Our gifts for Mission & Service support the intercultural journey of learning and practice. Carmen Ramirez shares her story today.
“It has been great to be a part of the United Church’s intercultural work. One highly effective branch of this work is the Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM) program, which has helped church leaders and community members develop tools and foster attitudes to engage their own contexts. The program has been a life-changing experience for both the participants and the facilitators.
“As a facilitator for DUIM I have been able to learn more about dominant culture individuals and their experience. This has made me a more patient and understanding person. I have realized that we are all not in the same place in our intercultural or faith journey.”
Similarly, one participant had this to say about the program: “I am looking forward to using many of the tools in a variety of my ministry contexts. This includes home in Kahnawake as we engage in relationship building outside the reserve; Montreal City Mission, where we work ecumenically; interfaith encounters with a wide variety of marginalized communities; through my work on right relations with our presbytery; working with my home congregation on relationship building with a variety of cultural groups; and my ongoing work with the Muslim Association of Canada. My heart and head are full of ideas, possibilities, and opportunities to engage the various ministries where I work.”
The DUIM program allows people to move forward in their intercultural work. Our gifts for Mission & Service make this journey possible.
If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.