Section 4-A: General Knowledge and Skills

Part A — The ability to understand and model the celebration of diversity within our communities.

  • 1. The ability to understand and appreciate a variety of perspectives of life.
  • 2. The ability to understand the profound differences that physical, psychological, gender identity, sex-ual orientation, age, class, cultural, religious, racial, and ethnic factors make in the ways that human beings experience the world.
  • 3. The ability to comprehend the impact of historical change upon the thoughts, feelings, and actions of individuals and societies.
  • 4. The ability to perceive how a person’s perspectives and interests shape communication, and to appreciate the virtues and limitations of those perspectives and interests.
  • 5. The to grasp and evaluate the justifications that people give for their opinions.
  • 6. The ability to apply basic concepts of psychology to the understanding of oneself, others, and human interactions.

Part B — The ability to communicate using different media and cultural symbols.

  • 7. The ability to appreciate the importance of symbols and images in human culture(s).
  • 9. The ability to analyze social, political, environmental, and economic dynamics, using the tools of the social and natural sciences.
  • 10. The ability to use respectfully and relationally a basic knowledge of specific human cultures.
  • 11. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively with appropriate media and technologies.
  • 13. The ability to adapt the practices of ministry to the unique social, cultural, environmental and ecclesi-astical aspects of particular settings.
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