“The DUIM course, with its sensitively integrated and local approach, challenges persons of faith to choose to listen before judging, sharing before walking away, receiving before dismissing, and loving before condemning. Rather it requires a humble enthusiastic openness to learn and to grow. It is a process of engaging your context and deepening understanding of how culture shapes you, your relationship to others, and your community.

Application of models of culture to our cultures, to church denominations (national/local expressions), to the local community, and to self. Connecting with program alumni for ongoing support and development. The content is engaged through a variety of approaches, all of which model/help participants practice engaging the content with the community in their ministry setting.

Establishing an intentional learning community during the program to draw on the experience and knowledge of the participants Practicing models and activities that can be used in ministry settings The ecumenical program allows practice engaging content across difference Gain a greater understanding of your own culture and abilities and aptitudes in intercultural settings.

Ministry settings and the Canadian Church denominations have cultures shaped by history and reality that needs to be understood as part of the process of engaging the culture(s) of Practice and apply to learn to your ministry responsibilities, including pastoral care, worship leadership, education, nurturing faith communities and ministry in the wider community. You will have the opportunity to choose areas of ministry on which to reflect more deeply and will have the opportunity to hear fellow participants reflections on other areas Contact Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning for schedule for your program “I don’t impress easily…but I am always impressed by the Forum.

Every time I participate in one of their events or programs I know it will be well done.” DUIM program is shaped by the theological appreciation of diversity and a justice orientation focused on mutuality and respect. While participants will have a variety of experience with the intercultural ministry, for most this will be the first experience of comprehensive cohesive faith-based training in intercultural ministry.

Participants will be able to commit to the full 5 days of the program. Cultural and other diversities are not new phenomena in Canada, but there is a recognition that building faithful relationships requires intentional learning. There is a growing awareness of a long history of diversity in Canada and globally that hasn’t always benefited from healthy relationships. Within Canada, a critique of multiculturalism and the challenges of the Truth and Reconciliation process have helped to reveal relationships within God’s family that are broken by systems that would impose the cultural values and norms of one group on the whole community.