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Embracing our diversity

  1. 1. Embracing Our Diversity
  2. 2. LWML Primary Targets Organizational Goals for the 2009-2011 Biennium
  3. 3. Why Must We Embrace Our Diversity? <ul><li>The body of Christ grows and is strengthened when sisters of every age, class, culture, and ethnic group are sought out to participate activity in the mission of LWML </li></ul><ul><li>LWML Primary Targets Organizational Goals for the 2009-2011 Biennium </li></ul>
  4. 4. What Exactly Does Diversity Include? <ul><li>Diversity is not only black and white, female and male, Jew and Christian, young and old, etc.; but the diversity of every women, slow learner and fast learner, introvert and extrovert, controlling type and people type, scholar and sports-person, liberal and conservative, etc </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is Diversity? <ul><li>Diversity is what builds a strong organization— a collection of women experiences, backgrounds, and cultures that can view problems and challenges from a wide-variety of lenses. </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity makes our LWML organization strong by capitalizing on all of the strengths of every women. </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity is understanding, valuing, and using the differences in every Women. </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity is about empowering women. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why Is Embracing Our Diversity A Challenge? <ul><li>Some of us may feel threatened or fear diversity simply because we are accustomed to the way things used to be and change makes us uncomfortable. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why Must We Embrace Our Diversity? <ul><li>Embracing diversity is the first item for building teams. </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity is what builds a strong organization— a collection of individual experiences, backgrounds, and cultures that can view problems and challenges from a wide-variety of lenses. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why Is Embracing Our Diversity A Challenge? <ul><li>Our bias and prejudice are deeply rooted within us. </li></ul><ul><li>From the moment when we are born, we learn about ourselves, our environment, and the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Families, friends, peers, books, teachers, idols, and others influence us on what is right and what is wrong. </li></ul><ul><li>These early leanings are deeply rooted within us and shape our perceptions about how we view things and how we respond to them. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Why Is Embracing Our Diversity A Challenge? <ul><li>One of the main failures that prevent a group from becoming a team is the failure to accept others for what they are. </li></ul><ul><li>Failing to accept the diversity of others keeps the group members from going after team goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity is the key for turning weak areas into strong areas does the group start to grow into a team. </li></ul>
  10. 10. How do we Embrace Our Diversity? <ul><li>Look around and see that our society is very diverse. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize that cultural diversity brings together the resources and talents of many women for the shared benefit of all. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn together to recognize our similarities and appreciate our differences. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to accept others for what they are. </li></ul>
  11. 11. How to Embrace Our Diversity? <ul><li>Embracing diversity is more than tolerating women who are different. It means actively welcoming and involving them by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing an atmosphere that is safe for all— joining weakness with strengths to get the goal accomplished. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. How to Embrace Our Diversity? <ul><li>actively welcoming and involving them by… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Actively seeking information from women of a variety of backgrounds and cultures. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Including women who are different than you in informal gatherings such as… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating a team spirit where every member feels a part of it. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. To Embrace Our Diversity <ul><li>We should intentionally foster understanding, acceptance and inclusiveness for the breadth of diversity that exists in our churches and the communities in which we live. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of all, it involves a heavy commitment by the leadership. Not only on the national level but also at the district, zone, and society… </li></ul>
  14. 14. Partnering for diversity <ul><li>Oneness in Christ is strengthened </li></ul><ul><li>through intentionally teaming with our </li></ul><ul><li>LCMS sisters of varied </li></ul><ul><li>ethnic </li></ul><ul><li>cultural </li></ul><ul><li>generational and </li></ul><ul><li>organizational backgrounds. </li></ul><ul><li> Assembly of leaders, 2008 </li></ul>

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