Bridging the Cultural Divide: A Five-Week Program of Intercultural Authenticity.
Bridging the Cultural Divide: A Five-Week Program of Intercultural Authenticity.Wednesday Evenings at 7 PM
October 11, 18, 25, November 1, & 8
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Center,
18313 Lappans Road, Boonsboro, MD (Just off the Sharpsburg Pike)
Bridging the Cultural Divide is a five week program about Intercultural Authenticity. Sponsored by “Attitudes for America,” St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the Interfaith Coalition of Washington County, and Unity of Hagerstown. The sessions are led by Zsunny Miller-Matema.
The act of coming together as a nation of diverse cultures is one of the most difficult tasks in today’s world. The underlying prejudices that alarm and agitate also challenge the foundation of power in this nation and around the world. Through videos, dialogue, presentations, interactive theater, and “community witness” exercises, participants in this program will invest their skills of listening, role playing, humor, and creative writing to benefit from the opportunity to view their “neighbor” with more respect and understanding. The program will culminate as participants make a plan to share their growth and ideas with our local government and interfaith leaders.
Pre-registration is not required but participants are encouraged to attend all five sessions. There is a suggested donation of $10 per session. For more information contact Z.Matemazmatema@gmail.com. For the location of the Church, go to stmarkslappans.org. The Fellowship Center is handicapped accessible.
The following is a synopsis of the five sessions:
Session One: October 11 -- “Tin Cup Alley: A Choctaw Woman Tells All”
A presentation on Maryland’s Native People and their relationship with immigrants from Europe will introduce a short one-person theater performance on the first 100 hundred-year history of Native life in a southern town. This comedy-drama is intended to make participants laugh, reflect, and rethink how Native People came to view their humanity during and post-contact with white Europeans. A discussion will follow the drama.
Session Two: October 18 -- “Before the Ugly”
An introductory film sets the stage for the time before “The Ugly” began between Africans and Europeans. Yes, there was a time when color and ethnicity were not the dividing line they are today. Participants will revisit history without the lens of power and privilege so prevalent in our society today. A one-on-one talk with members of our community, including African American, Muslim, Asian, Hispanic, and German among others, will follow. A responsive, reflective, and robust discussion will connect each participant and guest to their historical past with Africa and each other.
Session Three: October 25 --“Walk in My Shoes”
Participants will be invited to dress and act the role of selected diverse ethnic groups in a public exercise. The lessons learned will be discussed and recorded.
Session Four: November 1--“Why Are We as a Nation So Different?”
Showing of a Michael Moore film, depicting how other countries deal with diversity and the policies that support them. Discussion and an art project follows.
Session Five: November 8 --“Design and Planning”
Each participant will make a 2-3- minute presentation on their reflections about their growth as a result of the Bridging the Cultural Divide Program and their plans to share their insights with our City Commissioners, community, school and religious leaders.
For more information about the church and directions call 301-582-0417 or go to the church website: www.stmarkslappans.org
--End--Event Cost$10 per session donationEmailZ.Matemazmatema@gmail.comPhone301-582-0417