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Culture and Identity (60114-CB-ΒΆ161-G)

Add new sub-paragraph to ¶ 161. II The Nurturing Community

Culture and Identity

We believe that our primary identity is as children of God. With that identity comes societal and cultural constructions that have both positive and negative impacts on humanity and the Church. Cultural identity evolves through our history, traditions and experiences. The Church seeks to fully embrace and nurture cultural formation and competency as a means to be fully one body, expressed in multiple ways. Each of us has multiple identities of equal value that intersect to form our complete self. We affirm that no identity or culture has more legitimacy than any other. We call the Church to challenge any hierarchy of cultures or identities. Through relationships within and among cultures we are called to and have the responsibility for learning from each other, showing mutual respect for our differences and similarities as we experience the diversity of perspectives and viewpoints.

Rationale

Human diversity is a reflection of God. Through relationships and engagements with different cultures, we learn from each other. The Church seeks to fully embrace and nurture cultural formation and competency as a means to be fully one body, expressed in multiple ways.

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