Multicultural Sensibility for Leadership Development

mls 2012 participants July 2012

Multicultural Sensibility—one of the recommended leadership development competencies—includes:

  • Understanding how race and privilege operate in our lives and institutions.
  • Actively working to dismantle racism, especially in our institutions and systems.
  • Understanding how culture affects beliefs, values and mental models and having strategies to bridge them.

Core Values

We are committed to the practice of radical hospitality, where we encounter each person as a gift. We are committed to the ideal of true diversity, because we understand that each person has something essential to contribute to a more complete whole. This enables us to encounter, experience and integrate diverse ideas and values to work our way closer to our understanding of the “truth.”


  • Find ways to understand and appreciate one's own culture and identity and how it informs one's experience and world view.
  • Understand the markers of White Supremacy Culture in order to disrupt them in our congregations and other institutions.
  • Continually examine one's own assumptions underlying one's ideas and beliefs.
  • Be both courageous and gentle with oneself and one another while doing this hard work.



Web Articles


  • Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of race yesterday and today.



Other Resources

About the Authors

Renee Ruchotzke

Rev. Renee Ruchotzke (ruh-HUT-skee) is a Congregational Life Consultant and program manager for Leadership Development.

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