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Mennonite Women USA participates in intercultural training

4.6. 2018 Written By: Katie McKinnell

In an effort to further their intercultural capacity, Mennonite Women USA contracted with unlock Ngenuity to perform an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) in January 2018.

Throughout early 2018, Chantelle Todman Moore, coach and consultant for unlock Ngenuity, worked with each board and staff member to develop an IDI profile and plan, and offered encouragement and direction for improving their individual cultural capacity.

“If we want to be whole and well as an Anabaptist community, we must engage in the work of building inclusive, equitable and just churches and institutions made up of people who are committed to dismantling white supremacy culture and building authentic relationships across differences,” said Todman Moore.

At the Mennonite Women USA spring board meeting, Todman Moore provided a half-day culminating training session where she identified the group’s results from the IDI survey, providing strategies for intercultural competency.

Kathy Bilderback, board chair for Mennonite Women USA said, “[Todman Moore’s] presentation was well planned, professional, and she built a safe space for sharing and learning toward organizational change.”

As an immediate response to the training, Mennonite Women USA board and staff rewrote their mission and vision statements.

“We are grateful and more hopeful that we can be more authentic in reaching our goals of inclusion,” said Bilderback.

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