This time of year we often hear the nostalgic runs of a Martin Luther King speech or hear a negro spiritual that sends chills down our spine. Talk of harmony and unity flow through the air like the winter breezes that we remain sheltered from. Meanwhile, just outside the sacred enclosures of our various levels of comfort, there is an incompleteness to our comprehensive forms of community, friendships and relationships that we try to build.

Synergy is the missing component in a divided world of race, gender, socioeconomic, age and class status. There is the same absence of this vital component in many fledgling multi ethnic (heterogeneous) churches as well as mono ethnic (homogeneous) churches both old and new. In last weeks post ( Don’t Curse the darkness, Light a Candle) it was said that; “There is a principal of unity as stated in PS. 133. However it is naive to think that this principal only applies to Christ’s followers. All people can experience the power in unity. Unity is of God’s design and in order for all to receive the greatest benefit of its principal, unity must have God the righteous judge at its center.

Many of our attempts to try to build unity fail because those involved do not understand the rules of engagement. These are, but are not limited to the following:


1. Respectful Communication is an invitation to move into deeper understanding of one another by acknowledging our differences.
2. Word choices are not be accusatory or use non respectful language.
3. The accent of Peace is formed out of the syntax of coalescence i.e. always looking for common ground and bridging any gaps along the way.
4. God’s word further clarifies the accent of peace through simple rules of peaceful engagement in cultivating relationships.

Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.” Romans 14:1 The Message (MSG)

Synergy, in this perspective can offer the solution. “The term Synergy describes the pattern by which phenomena relates to each other including how people relate to each other and other phenomena. A synergistic pattern brings phenomena together interrelating them, creating an often unexpected, new, and greater result from the disparate, seemingly conflicting parts.” Synergy, Healing and Empowerment Richard Katz 2012

Dr. Christena Cleveland stated in a recent post called Why should I listen to people who disagree with me?“Indeed, group theorists agree that groups tend to make better decisions when they are composed of diverse people who offer diverse viewpoints. Further, in terms of impacting the larger world, it’s possible that other groups possess resources and expertise that can help make the

world a better place.””

By Increasing our knowledge in addition to our ability to multiply the pattern of Synergy, we can see the diversity in our churches, businesses and communities reconciled and empower by effective Social Capital. This reinvigorated Social Capital begins the process of “Building the Bridge Together” over any divide.

You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.

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  2. […] identity thief was hobbled the potential of this rich diversity to develop a genuine and lasting synergistic pattern. This pattern is one that all can have human identity that involves what is below our three layers […]

  3. […] genetic admixture of our country alone shows that, we together possess the potential to be greater than the sum of its individual, disparate parts of personalities, cultures and […]

  4. […] Through its many nuances of diversity, the secular society remains decades ahead of the fledgling multiethnic congregations that exist  as an anomaly to the backdrop of a largely indifferent faith culture. This culture sees God as an expression in validity of ones ethnic group vs. the next. In this environment  little progress is made. In many cases a certain comfort level is reached in congregational worship settings and relationships based on familiarities rather than diversity. This leaves no space for development of the synergistic pattern. […]

  5. […] can only accomplish so much. An old saying says ” you can’t legislate morality”. The Synergistic Pattern set in motion by Social Capital small groups of the Accord1 House to House network and other […]

  6. […] in the search for those voices on all sides of the ethnic divide who’s desire to multiply the synergistic pattern by a resurgent empathic realization. This says that “it’s more than just you and me, […]

  7. […] and direction etc, are communicated through the cultural dynamics that we live our lives through.  Synergy says “it’s more than just you and me, it’s […]

  8. […] Paul’s selfless concept of all for some. Simply put; the Sum total of this will become the synergy to bridge any […]

  9. […] symbols of imagery and the baggage that they carry and move toward the healing and empowerment of  Synergy through “Building the Bridge […]

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