10:30 a.m. - 09. Building Bridges in Multicultural Settings: How to Work with and for People of Different Cultures
Friday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m.
Multiculturalism is a reality in our societies, churches, and businesses. It is a challenging reality. Cultural differences make it problematic to have healthy relationships in your work environment. It seems easier to live, worship, and work only with people of your own culture.
Are you initiating a process of expansion beyond your own country, or seeking to broaden your reach within your own country? That sounds great! Or, it sounds great until you face the reality of new laws –or lack of them, marketing strategies that do not work in other contexts, and new structural and communication challenges that cross-cultural expansion requires.
In this workshop two people from different cultures (a Canadian and a Colombian) who work in their everyday life with each other and dozens of different cultures will share from their experiences and from a faith perspective how to address some of these challenges.
César García was born in Bogotá, Colombia, South America. At the age of 11 he began to attend a Mennonite Brethren church. After his required military service he developed a radio station ministry and started his pastoral ministry in Bogotá. He worked at church planting, and began studying Anabaptist theology. He developed a Colombian cross-cultural mission structure, led the Colombian MB Conference, taught theology, and participated in entities such as MWC, ICOMB, MCC and MBMSI. Since 2012 César has served as the General Secretary of Mennonite World Conference, resourcing and supporting 105 Anabaptist member churches around the world, working with a global board and a global staff. César is married to Sandra Báez, and they have two young adult daughters in the United States, Alejandra and Paula.
Arli Klassen was born in Manitoba, Canada. She studied sociology and religious studies in Winnipeg, and social work in Toronto, always intrigued by the impact of culture on religion, and the impact of religion on culture. Arli and Keith began serving with MCC in 1990 in Lesotho, southern Africa. Arli worked with MCC in various leadership roles in different countries until 2012, when Arli began working with Mennonite World Conference. Arli now serves as the coordinator of MWC’s network of 12 Regional Representatives around the world, as well as serving in global fundraising. Arli is married to Keith Regehr, and they have two young adult children in Canada, Alison and Jennifer.