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Have you heard about monoculturals?

To be ‘monocultural’ is the idea of looking at another culture only from the perspective of our culture of origin.  However, have you ever heard of ‘monoculturals’?monoculturals

Monoculturals is a term that refers to people who see themselves as being connected globally to people from all different walks of life.  It’s the feeling that there is one ‘culture’ to which everyone has access and in which you engage others.   Facebook, Twitter, and the global music culture create the opportunity for people to relate to others from Cambodia, Paraguay and Denmark.  We have the possibility of ‘reaching out and touching others’ from a host of different places.

There is a caveat.  The caveat is that we can begin to ignore the specific underlying cultural assumptions and views of one another because of the ‘monoculture’ in which we believe we are all living.  The veneer of being ‘united’ can cloud the reality that there is more to each person than just a specific post or song lyrics.

If we apply this to our larger agency, we know that we are ‘united’ by a common culture, a ‘monoculture’ if you will of an unwavering commitment to multiplying disciples and communities of believers among the lost.  However, we can easily lose sight of the ‘cultural’ differences that mark each one of us and create unnecessary tensions in our relationships with one another.

Just as we did when we first started to learn a new language and culture, we should give ourselves more to listening well to others, and particularly to asking probing questions that will help us better understand what is ‘underneath’ each one of us in terms of our personal cultural values and assumptions.

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