On every step of our journey, each of us carries the unique perspectives of our age, gender, color, ethnic heritage, language, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, physical, mental and emotional nature, and economic circumstance. We can choose to see these differences as divisions, or to view cultural diversity as a gift to be cherished and nurtured. Our community is not a dull fabric of a single colored thread, but a tapestry of vibrant colors and rich textures, woven into a vital, ever-changing design. For our world to survive in this time of intense and quickening change, we need the vision and insight of each person, the strength and wisdom of each culture. — jona olsson, contemporary educator and activist
In the coming weeks, keep in mind the Newcomer's Bio you selected in Activity 4 as you participate in different aspects of congregational life. Imagine how the newcomer might experience a worship service, a committee meeting, a special event, a lifelong learning workshop, and other activities. In your journal, record your observations of the congregation's culture as seen through the newcomer's eyes.