Talbot School of Theology
Small Group - How Our Culture is Seen in Everyday Life
Learn how a deeper understanding of everyday cultural differences can lead to better ministry.
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Overview

Each of you first learned your cultural beliefs in your childhood home and these beliefs become the foundation for how you believe things should be done. Because these beliefs are so ingrained, we often don’t even realize they are there. Revisiting our childhood homes alongside people who had different experiences can enable you to discover your own cultural beliefs and values. Armed with that self-knowledge,  you will better understand the cultural differences you encounter, which is the first step to building lasting connections with people from other cultures.

This course, which is the second course in the Bridging Cultural Differences through Cultural Self-Discovery series, presents a theory of culture to understand cultural differences and why a learner responds in the way they do to cultural differences. It is highly recommended that you complete Course 1: Aspects of Cultural Self-Discovery before delving into Course 2: How Our Culture is Seen in Everyday Life to gain a holistic understanding of the series’ learning material. As learners recognize the cultures that influence their behavior, they will at the same time be able to understand how their behavior may reflect more cultural values than biblical values. By understanding their culture, learners will be more open to considering how to better apply biblical principles in their relationships with others.

Instructor
Sheryl Takagi Silzer
Talbot School of Theology

Sheryl Takagi Silzer, Ph.D., is a third generation Japanese American multicultural consultant with SIL International and Wycliffe Bible Translators. She served for many years in Colombia, South America and in the Asia Pacific area. She currently facilitates Cultural Self Discovery workshops for multicultural mission teams, mission agencies, schools and churches around the world. The workshops are based on her book “Biblical Multicultural Teams: Applying Biblical Truth to Cultural Differences” (2011). She teaches as an adjunct in Talbot’s Asian ministry classes. Her most recent research focus is delving into how Asian cultural practices are influenced by Asian philosophies and religions (such as Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism), especially in relation to the honor/shame dynamic.Her most recent book “Tapestry of Grace: Untangling the Cultural Complexities of Asian American Life and Ministry” co-author with Dr. Ben Shin reflects that research and interest (2016). She and her husband Peter have two married sons and five grandchildren.

Talbot School of Theology is a theologically conservative, evangelical seminary in Southern California near Los Angeles. With over a 60-year heritage of biblical fidelity, the seminary couples solid evangelical scholarship with spiritual formation to prepare students for a lifetime of relevant, effective ministry. The seminary's master's degree programs and doctoral degree programs are led by a faculty of nationally renowned, widely-published and actively engaged ministry leaders.

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Syllabus

Participant and Facilitator Small Group Guides
Misc
In this lesson you will learn how culture...
Overview
How We Communicate, Socialize, and Show Hospitality
Video
In this lesson you will learn about different...
Overview
How You Prepare, Serve, and Eat Food
Video
Participant and Facilitator Small Group Guides
Misc
In this lesson you will look at the two main...
Overview
How You View Work
Video
In this lesson you will consider how culture...
Overview
How You Rest, Relax, Sleep, and Worship
Video
One of the major cultural differences that...
Overview
How You View What is Clean and What is Dirty
Video
In this final lesson, you will review how the...
Overview
Cultural Understanding Enhancing Lives and Church Fellowship
Video
Course Evaluation
Misc

Course FAQ

Each lesson is designed to take approximately 1-2 hours, depending on how deeply you engage the reflection and discussion questions. Since this is a self-paced course, the time it will take you to complete it will depend on the speed with which you want to progress through the course.

Since this course is designed as a packaged small group curriculum, you will not have any interaction with the professor during the course.

You can download the participant guide included in this course. You may then distribute electronic and/or print copies to every member of your small group.

This curriculum is designed in companionship with the text in which this series is based upon: “Biblical Multicultural Teams: Applying Biblical Truth to Cultural Differences,” Sheryl Takagi Silzer, 2011. It is highly recommended that you purchase a copy to read alongside the course material. There are also resources recommended at the end of the course that you are free to purchase if you wish to pursue further study on the course topic.

These videos are only available on Biola LEARN. You will also need to be connected to the internet to view these videos.