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Many are torn between their love for someone who is gay and accepting or welcoming them in the face of strongly-held beliefs against homosexuality. These inner and outer conflicts play out in families, congregations, in the workplace, and in businesses. So How do we address the dichotomy of love and condemnation – sincerely expressed by Christians – and the pain experienced by gays and lesbians? Kim explains.
We look at people, events, and ideas through our own life experiences, beliefs, and feelings – through our own cultural lenses. We all do it; it’s human nature. The key is to realize that we do, recognize when we do it, and to be honest with ourselves about how it might impact those around us.
Managers and workers in almost any institution – corporations, schools, churches, hospitals, government agencies – see the need for addressing race, ethnicity, and inequities in the workplace. Changing policy, overview and oversight of management practices, determining employee satisfaction and well-being, and workshops on cultural sensitivity and competence are all important and viable responses.
Critical thinking is the “objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment.” Without the skill or ability to think critically, we stay in, or revert to, ego-centric and socio-centric thinking. Considering the rights and needs of others does not come naturally. It is something that must be taught.
How do sincere, Bible-believing Christians balance their interpretation of scripture with everyday encounters with the gays and lesbians in their lives? O’Reilly offers strategies to develop understanding, compassion, and healing. She believes it is possible to honor the rights of each of these groups without denying the rights of the other.
Bullying in schools and the workplace is far too common. Everyone has been impacted by bullying at some time in their lives – as the target, the ally, the witness, or the bully. Research shows that bullying is still widespread and may even be on the increase. Fortunately, there are very effective strategies to address bullying that can create safer work and school environments. Mechanisms can be set in place to identify, talk about, address, and provide appropriate and consistent consequences that encourage changes in behavior.
The benefits of cultural competency include being aware of our own culture and values, acquiring culture-specific knowledge about cultures other than our own, looking at our biases and how these may impact interactions, flexibility and ability to adapt to diversity, effective communication skills across differences, and the ability to mediate cross-cultural conflicts. These are desirable outcomes to strive toward in the workplace.