MC USA curriculum celebrates diversity

Diversity: God's Design — Mennonite Church USA Diversity: God’s Design — Mennonite Church USA

A new multimedia study calls young adults to celebrate their unique gifts and the diversity of God’s creation. “Diversity: God’s Design” is a four-week curriculum using biblical reflections to introduce the importance of intercultural competency as part of Christian growth and formation.

“This curriculum will become increasingly relevant in our denomination as we seek to be more diverse and inclusive in sharing the good news,” said Glen Guyton, Mennonite Church USA executive director. “So often we overlook the capability of our young people in discipling others.”

The curriculum features voices from across the church who share biblical narratives and experiences.

The study is recommended for young adult and intergenerational audiences in congregations, Christian schools, small groups and self-study.

Each 45- to 60-minute lesson includes a sermonette video and biblical passage, a video sharing a young adult’s perspective, a spoken word poetry video, engagement questions and action steps.

Topics include input from Michelle Armster, executive director of Mennonite Central Committee Central States; Jason Storbakken, pastor at Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship and co-founder of Brooklyn Peace Center in New York; Hyacinth Stevens, executive director of MCC East Coast; and Sue Park-Hur, MC USA denominational minister for transformative peacemaking.

The curriculum was developed in response to a request from an MC USA college seeking to address students’ questions about the intersection of faith and diversity.

Stevens described the curriculum as an opportunity to discover “what it means to be ingrafted into a globalized faith community that mirrors difference and diversity.”

“I hope participants will catch a spark that ignites a commitment to keep learning and building relational bridges,” she said.

The curriculum is available at ­mennoniteusa.org/diversity-gods-­design.

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