ERIC Number: ED184632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
A Design for Cross-Cultural Unity: A Partnership of Church and Community College. Perspectives on the Church and the Community College, Paper Number Seventeen.
Although the integration movement of the 1960's and the demands for cultural pluralism in the 1970's addressed the issues of racial unity and minority civil rights, a new consciousness of cross-cultural unity among all ethnic groups must be achieved if racial tension is ever to be abated. Accordingly, cultural differences must not be viewed as the expressions of fragmented self-interest groups; rather, they should be seen as the different expressions of the common human experience--as various dimensions revolving around the axis of life. To this end, political and social justice must be interpreted from the larger perspective of love and virtue; colleges must provide holistic, interdisciplinary learning; and corporations must pursue public, rather than private, goals. Socially, this movement towards unity would involve substituting communal consensus for voting and majority rule. On the personal level, each individual would recognize his or her inner traits and potentials and recognize those which are common to all humanity. Though cross-cultural unity may yet be a remote goal, the multi-cultural mix of the community college scene can provide an appropriate starting point. (JP)
Descriptors: Church Responsibility, Church Role, College Role, Community Colleges, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Pluralism, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Relations, Human Relations, Racial Attitudes, Racial Bias, Racial Differences, Racial Integration, Racial Relations, Two Year Colleges
United Ministries in Education, 848 Pittock Block, Portland, OR 97205 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Ministries in Higher Education, Portland, OR.