DLGP

Doctor of Leadership in Global Perspectives: Crafting Ministry in an Interconnected World

Whatever you do don’t let go.

By: on September 19, 2022

Have you ever been in a place that felt like home, a place you never thought you would ever leave? Have you had to leave unwillingly? I will raise my own hands to these questions. Unfortunately, this was not my home that I had to leave. I had to leave a church. A holy place,…

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Born A Crime

By: on September 16, 2022

Trevor Noah, the host of the Trevor Noah Comedy Show, wrote in his memoir about his birth in South Africa during Apartheid. His father was a white Swiss German, and his mother was a black South African woman from Soweto. Trevor was born in 1984 and stated he was born a crime because he was…

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Listen to the Feedback

By: on September 16, 2022

“I would like feedback more often. In fact, I like it, at the end of staff meeting, when you go around to each person and ask us the most important thing we have to do this week.” That was feedback I recently received while going an evaluation for a new employee. I was more clued…

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“A Saint is a Sinner who Keeps on Trying”

By: on September 15, 2022

I am finding it difficult to write and reflect upon the works of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, as these two individuals seem superhuman to me. Rather than offering my thoughts on their ideas and experiences, my preference would be to absorb their words, listen to their hearts as reflected in their stories, and…

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This is Costly

By: on September 15, 2022

When we think of people like Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, we admire who they are and their contribution to the world. Therefore, we are not surprised at the magnanimity by which people hold them. How did they become so admired by the world? What did they do to capture the world’s respect?          In…

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Redemption through Perseverance or Faith?

By: on September 15, 2022

A “Long Walk” to Freedom is an understatement for Nelson Mandela. His autobiography escorts the reader on a journey through the extraordinary life of a passionate man who stood for equality and justice like no other. Mandela’s story of a humble Xhosa boy that transforms into an iconic freedom fighter is nothing short of exhilarating.…

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This long walk to freedom!

By: on September 15, 2022

The heroic acts that led South Africa to freedom have paved a way to many other African countries seeking a way to freedom and stability for their citizens. Even after many years of struggle and attempts for such a freedom destination, countless of Africans still suffer from bondages than one can care count and the…

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Heartache

By: on September 14, 2022

I have to admit, I have had a difficult week. However, I managed to read Nelson Mandela’s book this week and finished Desmond Tutu’s reading tonight. I teach middle school math on the Choctaw Indian Reservation. I’ve been doing this for 21 years. For the first time, yesterday, a seventh grader took her own life.…

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Humble Cultural Competency

By: on September 14, 2022

As I write this blog, I have to acknowledge that I have been born and raised as a citizen of the United States. This means that my cultural tendencies will include a competitive edge. Understanding where we are from culturally and our cultural tendencies is critical to the engagement of other cultures. Yes, it is…

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Turning Can’t into Can

By: on September 11, 2022

I admit that I love to read. I love to read what I want to read, when I want to read, how I want the read. Even with that being said, I refuse to say the words “I CAN’T”. As a therapist my job is to motivate the client to believe that they can make…

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Who’s the Expert?

By: on September 10, 2022

I want to make it very clear from the outset that what Erin Meyer is talking about in “Culture Map” can be helpful. The idea that there are differences in cultural tendencies that make communication and collaboration nuanced is one that is important. Even in her caveat that all people from a country fall on…

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Digging for Gold or Digging for Dirt?

By: on September 10, 2022

In collecting and analyzing data, I believe there is no greater reference that can help us solve our problems than the Bible. Proverbs 11:27 The person seeking good will find favor, but anyone who searches for evil—it will find him.[1] In the bible there are many principals to help have a biblical worldview to love…

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The Layered Lens Through Which We See

By: on September 10, 2022

I once had a startling experience with a co-worker after this person assembled a stage TV and cart for our church.  When the TV had been tested and was ready for use,  I sent an email to the worship team letting them know we would use the new TV for Sunday worship and in the…

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Looking forward to Cape Town!

By: on September 10, 2022

Looking at the presentation and different orientations as shared by Dr. Tremper, I can only imagine what a better world ours would be should every one of us dared to live in harmony with others! It brought to mind Change Your World, a program of Maxwell Leadership that I love to facilitate. In one of…

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Muzangaye gutinda! Taking Smart notes with Ahrens

By: on September 9, 2022

The Kinyarwanda saying muzangaye gutinda refers to the challenge of time management in my Rwandan cultural upbringing, even after decades abroad it remains hard to break! That’s one of mine to break as I learn to apply these great tools and resources. “I only do what is easy” [1] How and where? Like on a…

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Cultural Responsibilities for Leaders in the Church

By: on September 9, 2022

It is common knowledge that the world is extremely diverse and has evolved in many ways since its conception.  There has been enormous growth in global populations and global cultures from the earliest records of antiquity.  Nations have been built up and torn down.  Cultures have dominated regions for centuries and have also been completely…

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Second Home, Second Chances: Improving Cultural Competency

By: on September 8, 2022

I found the presentation on navigating diverse cultural contexts in the workplace and in our personal lives fascinating and relevant to my current ministry position. I direct a nonprofit program called Second Home in the Portland area and along the Oregon Coast. We provide long-term housing for unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness, so that they can…

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Seeing God Through the Intercultural Lens

By: on September 8, 2022

Fascinating. I am sure there has to be research work completed in this space before Erin Meyer. Why? Because it is incredibly pertinent to how global businesses should operate to be effective. The United States has participated in the worldwide realm of multicultural teams for decades. I can recall longing for a two-year assignment on…

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What might come of Elves and Dwarfs?

By: on September 8, 2022

My family is among those who have waited for the prequel to The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Rings of Power premiered this past week on Amazon prime and we watched with eagerness and excitement.  It was interesting to note how the characters, almost too many to keep track of, imbued good and…

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The World is a Beautiful Symphony

By: on September 8, 2022

My first cultural experience was when I was five years old. My aunt was at a hospital in Tijuana and we went to visit her. What I remember from this trip was that my parents took a wrong turn, and we ended up driving through a bad part of town. This experience, coupled with racist…

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