Churches, Cultures & Leadership


Documentaries on Mexican American Migrations

The southwest border of the US is a unique boundary that is full of stories, meanings, challenges, suffering, and hope. These documentaries provide perspectives and insights. (These comments are drawn from their websites.)

Calvera Highway, from PBS’ POV series, is a poignant and complex narrative of seven Mexican American men who face personal and cultural matters of masculinity, fatherhood, and generational questions. Their stories take us through recent chapters of US-Mexico relations, the diversity in their own lives, and how they connect with what they learn about their parents.

“Dying to Live” explores the lives of people who immigrate into the US from Mexico – who are they, why do they leave their homes, and what do they face in their journeys? Drawing on the insights of Pulitzer Prize winning photographers, theologians, Church and congressional leaders, activists, musicians and the immigrants themselves, this film exposes the places of conflict, pain and hope along the US-Mexico border. It is a reflection on the human struggle for a more dignified life and the search to find God in the midst of that struggle. (trailer)

Deportation of Mexican-Americans During the 1930s” provides interviews, photos, and research about a federal program to deport over one million men, women and children to Mexico during the depression of the 1930s. Many were US citizens without any status to immigrate to Mexico.

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Part I: Theology and Context

Using the frameworks of practical theology and missional ecclesiology, we provide an introduction to the work of leadership and to social theory, including matters of social contexts, cultural variables, and ethnic identity.

Part II: Sociocultural Perspectives

Cultural anthropology provides insights into social power and human dynamics that vary among cultures. Topics include worldviews, relationships, identity, language, and perception and thinking.

Part III: Leadership, Communication and Change

We need to develop the skills and capacities for communication and leadership in intercultural settings in order to engage the challenges of church life and mission in multicultural contexts.


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