A Spirituality for Leadership in a Multicultural Community
This book is a great resource for anyone, especially teachers, who find themselves working in a diverse, multicultural setting. The author lays out a very convincing and logical explanation as to how we react to our faith and to our community when two or more cultures are brought together. He uses theological and culturally anthropological sources help us understand how we must be able to work together to achieve the American dream of peaceful diversity that we have been struggling with since the days of our founding fathers.
The author uses many generalities that have the possibility of being taken in an offensive way by the reader. It is recommended that this book be read with an open mind, as it has the ability to uncover certain cultural truths that go unnoticed or ignored by people every day.
In one of these eye-opening arguments, Mr. Law compares Jesus Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection to the faith of certain cultural groups. He notes that minority groups tend to relate more to Christ’s suffering. This comes with good reason in that minorities tend to suffer more than the majority. He claims that the faith of this group looks forward to the hope for the alleviation of problems and the resurrected life the Jesus promises to them.
On the contrary, Law remarks that those of the majority have what is called a “resurrected” faith already. Logically, those who are in the majority (with some exceptions) have not suffered to the point that the minority has. As a result, the people of faith in the majority tend to seek suffering in order to create a spiritual balance that they crave. People of this group tend to look for ways to sacrifice, fast, and give because they live in fear of God’s judgment.
Law stresses that individuals from both groups are destined to go through their own spiritual deaths in order to fully understand their faith. Through this death we become knowledgeable of the sufferings that both groups experience. This “death” serves as a focal point for the times when we find our faith being lived in the constant balancing act of joy and pain, or suffering and resurrection, that life instills upon us. From this focal point, we can restrict the “isms” of our nation and open the lines of communication in our multicultural settings.
When understood with an open mind, this book gives us the keys to operate successfully in the diverse nation we make up. Whether we are part of the minority or the majority, Mr. Law challenges us to ponder his logical statements so that we can truly become The “United” States of America.
Paperback: 131 pages
Publisher: Chalice Press (August 1993)
May Jesus live in our hearts forever!