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Reflections on Interculturality

Silvia Leticia Corea Sagastume, CND, and Marie de Lovinfosse, CND

We wish to share some reflections about our session on interculturality given by sisters Claudia Margarita Juárez, Debbie Warner, and Sophie Mbougoum, on July 24th and 25th, at the meeting of the new members with 15 or fewer years of religious profession, in Chofu (Japan).

These are some of the guiding principles on intercultural community life, which caught our attention.

  1. Build a home for all, where we can feel at home.
  2. To learn to appreciate our differences is learning to celebrate our differences and to engage in dialogue.
  3. Review our ways of thinking. An intentional intercultural community needs to develop an inclusive or complementary model of thinking. It must find a balance between two extremes, finding what is true and valid on both sides.

The intercultural path is a challenge of constant conversion. We can face this challenge if we live it with FAITH, recognizing that God desires interculturality, He is the one who gives us the strength and joy to commit ourselves. God needs our collaboration to live interculturality as a prophetic dialogue. A critical mass is important. WE WANT TO COMMIT OURSELVES! DO YOU?

 

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