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Living Diversity

By William O. Gregg

Diversity is part of the daily reality we all live. The expat community, for example, is a part of the diversity of San Miguel. What we know is that this daily experience is complicated, filled with qualities subtle and not so subtle. Multiple social media have added to the sense of closeness in the world and the complexity of diversity among us. The question of how to live with the many layers of diversity is a pressing question. Are all things equal? How do we decide? What are our possibilities to grow? What are capacities and the limits of our breadth and depth or capacity to live with diversity?

Lecture Series
Canon John White OCV Lecture Series
“The One and the Many-How Shall We Live Diversity?”
Sat, Nov 5, 10am–1pm
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
Cardo 6
200 pesos donation

Diversity is one of the great gifts we have that helps us both to know who we are and who others are and to enter deeply into the human process of engaging one another with clarity. Diversity allows us to take risks, to open ourselves to new things and people. In the context of diversity we learn how all the parts can fit together to form a greater whole, a community. The fun of diversity is the daily opportunity to live in the weft and warp of living and to be wonderfully human. We discover that our unity lies not in sameness, but in our differences woven together into a tapestry of wondrous color, texture, flexibility, and delight.

The truth is that sometimes diversity is difficult and challenging. It is hard daily work to live substantially in diversity. It is a context short on sameness and large in an ongoing process of growth and development. Part of diversity is a range of capacity to engage fearlessly in differences, even contradiction, an uncertainty of a dynamic environment that is constantly adjusting, accommodating, and yet also working to sustain stability, definition, and identity. Yet, sometimes living diversity is exhilarating, opening us to growth, new opportunities, energizing our hearts and souls and minds.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church invites you to join us on Saturday, November 5, for two presentations and conversation about the nature, meaning, and impacts of diversity and how we can live with it. The Reverend Canon John A. White, from Windsor, UK, will be with us to offer his insights and facilitate our conversation. In a sense, our hope is to have a diverse gathering of multiple perspectives, experiences, and understandings that will open into a lively, substantive conversation. All are welcomed to join us. For more information, call St. Paul’s at 152 0387, 10am–5pm.


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