Connecting the Dots in 2016

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In a world of interrelated communities, communication and the structures that make up our society, it is imperative to bridge the various fractured ethnocultural  social networks that exist? Agreement is the adhesive agent. However, agreement doesn’t mean that the participants must agree on all matters. As a nation we agree that  All Men are created equal. As Christ followers we agree that the human family is made in Imago dei (Image of God) and “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. Evidence of our agreement can be no clearer than the existence of these realities.

We begin to work in the power of agreement when we can acknowledge the existence of opposing opinions and Ideologies apart from the individuals that ascribe to them; therefore allowing all to develop a foundation to build upon.

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Agreement is process that makes synergy possible. Ethnic groups are seemingly forever acting out the components of acculturation vs assimilation

Acculturation implies a mutual influence in which elements of two cultures mingle and merge. It has been hypothesized that in order for acculturation to occur, some relative cultural equality has to exist between the giving and the receiving culture. In contrast, assimilation is a process of cultural absorption of a minority group into the main cultural body. In assimilation, the tendency is for the ruling cultural group to enforce the adoption of their values rather than the blending of values.”

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In the face of these two apposing practices, agreement struggles and is offered the back seat in order to promoteethnoculturally self serving agendas and ideologies. These get blurred into the political or religious rhetoric, xenophobia, racial hypersensitivity and many other distractions that deepen chasms that separate us into competing factions.

It’s time we begin to connect the Dots. The first dot we’ve connected has been the admixture of our interrelated ancestry. Now, can we dare to take the next step by expanding on what we agree on in order to progress toward bringing healing and empowerment to our communities. We can achieve this only if we are sincere. Our sincerity must become the dot that we use as a point of agreement to expand upon.

This is where it gets exciting, because the power of agreement urges those who are not afraid to operate outside of the conventional, well expected box to flourish. There are a plethora of dots throughout our society yearning to be connected. It is our belief that when properly represented, the Christian tradition
represents the ultimate connecting agent. By empowering people who embrace differences yet seek agreement of the sort that finishes in synergy, we connect these dots.
These are the Bridge Builders who love to engage with all sides of the ethnic/cultural divide to seek community; and be the
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koinonia of our houses of worship, impartial and true. They do not ascribe to the battle between acculturation and assimilation they instead ascribe to Galatians 3:28

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:28 New International Version (NIV)

Agreement is lived out best in various expressions of community albeit, virtual, face to face, small or large groups, faith based or civic social capital community. The dots of the connection process create the synergistic pattern for its fullest expression that will change the very concept of community into something current yet operating in its original purpose.

Jabez’s prayer encourages all to yearn to widen our borders and connect many dots. Victory through the synergistic pattern and of koinonia ( sharing and having all things in common ) will help enhance the power of agreement in our houses of worship, the multiethnic work environments, and communities, etc.

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

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