Cultural Diversity Tour 2018

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

Dr Sheryl Silzer

Dr Sheryl Silzer

Sheryl Takagi Silzer (PhD) 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 book Biblical Multicultural Teams: Applying Biblical Truth to Cultural Differences. This will be Sheryl’s fourth visit to New Zealand.

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 co-authored book with Dr Benjamin Shin Tapestry of Grace: Untangling the Cultural Complexities of Asian American Life and Ministry. She has developed a new workshop based on this book for intergenerational and multicultural churches. Sheryl is married and she and her husband, Pete, have two married sons and five grandchildren.

Sheryl’s Cultural Diversity Tour to New Zealand in July and August 2017 consisted of nine public workshops and three private events in both the North and South Islands. These events were attended by about three hundred participants from at least 25 ethnicities. We have had numerous enthusiastic reports saying how much Sheryl was appreciated for facilitating the workshop.

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.


Modules Available

Theory of Culture – identify your cultural preferences and examine your responses to cultural differences.

How Culture Affects Lifestyle Choices – examine cultural practices in visiting, eating, working, resting and worshipping.

East/West Communication Challenges – highlighting the challenges when immigrant generations have different primary languages.

How Asian Religions Influence Asian Culture – a brief overview of how Buddhist and Confucian principles reinforce Asian hierarchical and community culture.

Asian Reciprocity – how Asian relationships involve reciprocity and saving face and how this differs from Western thinking.

Schedule of  Public Events

1–4 October – Auckland
Thursday 4 October 9:30 am–4:30 pm at Carey Baptist College, 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 021 246 896

5–7 October – Invercargill
Friday 5 October 7:00–9:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, Invercargill.

Saturday 6 October 9:30 am–12:00 noon at First Presbyterian Church, Invercargill.

8–11 October – Dunedin
Monday 8 October 7:00–9:00 pm at Otago University, Dunedin.

Tuesday 9 October 7:00—9:00 pm at Otago University, Dunedin.

12–14 October – Christchurch
Venues to be finalised.

15–24 October – Auckland
Tuesday 16 October 7:00—9:00 pm at Eastview Baptist, Auckland.

Tuesday 23 October 7:00—9:00 pm at Northcote Baptist, Auckland.


John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word

Verse for today

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.