Re: cultural perspective in Christian ed.

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Posted by Thomas J. Cook on December 05, 1997 at 08:40:58:

In Reply to: cultural perspective in Christian ed. posted by Charlene H. Jin on December 03, 1997 at 20:51:32:

: I am so excited to have found this website--it is a needed resource.

Charlene--congratulations on posing an excellent question to kick off our discussion group. My comments are below...let me encourage others to add their views (just Follow Up to this note or to Charlene's original note) or go back to the Discussion Forum page and start a new discussion thread.

: ...
:My vision is to
: be part of a team that develops creative, interactive
: curriculum materials that take account for cultural
: relevance and sensitivity--multicultral elements.

: However, I am not sure how to get my 'foot in' the door.
: Can anyone direct me with ideas of how to find publishing
: groups that may have active interests in cultural
: approach to teaching God's Word?
: ...

(I won't copy all of your thoughtfully posed question, since it's available on the forum.)

I can only speak from my experience with the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Nashville, TN...but they have done what I consider some excellent work in this area.
Some things I am personally familiar with:

1) Bible study materials published from the cultural perspective of the American Indian
2) Sunday School supplemental materials to support those teaching youth in various American sub-cultures (rural, urban, etc.)
3) Bible study support materials for particular areas of social need, such as sixth-graders (affected by the middle school situation in many communities) and preschool sixes (who have not yet started first grade).

The typical approach is to use common Bible exposition information for all people groups, but to tailor the illustrations and applications with situations culturally relevant to the target group, This seems to be quite effective.

In addition, there are native-language materials provided for a variety of cultures (Spanish, Korean, Chinese, etc.), either by the Sunday School Board or the parallel missions Boards.

I will forward your query to some contacts at the Sunday School board and try to get some additional input.

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