Cultural Diversity Tour 2018

‘We can’t understand others until we understand ourselves.’

It doesn’t take much to recognise that there is a need for greater cultural awareness in our increasingly globalised world. As we interact with people from other cultures on a daily basis how much do we understand of what they say and do we get offended by what they say or do? How can we find out if they understood us or if we offended them? There is so much potential for misunderstanding.

The underlying assumption in this workshop is that we learn how to do things in our family of origin and childhood home and that influences how we prefer to do things in our adult lives.

This workshop will take you through aspects of daily life in order to help you understand where cultural differences come from. Throughout our time together we will look at how we respond to cultural differences and in the conclusion, we consider how our responses can better reflect who we are as created in the image of God.

In order for you to understand others, you first need to understand your own culture or way of doing things. During this day of focusing on cultural awareness you will learn concepts and tools to help you identify and talk about the way you prefer to do things so you can better understand why and how others might think and do differently.


Dr Sheryl Takagi Silzer
Sheryl is a third-generation Japanese American who serves with Wycliffe Bible Translators. She served for many years as a Bible translator in several countries and now facilitates Cultural Self Discovery workshops with various agencies in more than 20 countries based on her 2011 book Biblical Multicultural Teams: Applying Biblical Truth to Cultural Differences.

Sheryl has a PhD from Fuller School of Intercultural Studies and teaches Asian culture as an adjunct in the Talbot School of Theology based on a 2016 book, co-authored with Dr Benjamin Shin, Tapestry of Grace: Untangling the Cultural Complexities of Asian American Life and Ministry.

Sheryl has developed new seminar material for intergenerational and multicultural churches based on Tapestry of Grace and this seminar will feature this new content.

Sheryl is married and she and her husband, Pete, have two married sons and five grandchildren.

We are currently taking bookings for Sheryl to meet with individuals and speak to groups while she is in New Zealand during October 2018. The dates and locations are listed below. If you are interested please contact Leslie Foster, Training Coordinator, at training -at- wycliffenz -dot- org, 09 262 8440 or 021 246 8968.

Schedule of  Public Events

Tuesday 2 October 7:00–9:00 pm at St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, corner of Main Road and Mulgan Street, Katikati.

Thursday 4 October 9:30 am–4:30 pm at Carey Baptist College, 473 Great South Road, Penrose, Auckland.
‘Working Together in Cultural Diversity: Building your Cultural Awareness’
A suggested koha of $15 to be paid on the day to cover costs of the discussion guide and snacks.
To register contact Leslie Foster at the Wycliffe office: training -at- wycliffenz -dot- org, 09 262 8440 or 021 246 8968.
For online registration visit Missions Interlink.

Friday 5 October 7:00–9:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 155 Tay St, Invercargill.
Saturday 6 October 9:30 am–12:00 noon at First Presbyterian Church, 155 Tay St, Invercargill.

Monday 8 October 7:00–9:00 pm at Burns 7 Seminar Room, Arts Building, Otago University, 95 Albany Street, Dunedin.
Tuesday 9 October 7:00–9:00 pm at Burns 7 Seminar Room, Arts Building, Otago University, 95 Albany Street, Dunedin.
‘Working Effectively in Culturally Diverse Situations: Building your Cultural Awareness’
Contact Paul Trebilco for more details, 03 479 8798.

Wednesday 10 October 7:00–9:00 pm at Wilson Street Baptist Church, 17 Wilson Street, Timaru.

Sunday 14 October 1:00–4:00 pm at Southwest Baptist Church, 244 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon, Christchurch.

Tuesday 16 October 7:00–9:00 pm at Eastview Baptist, 

John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word

Verse for today

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.