The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology reaffirms and seeks to live into our value of intercultural credibility. Our mission compels us to send people into the world who are leading, caring for, learning from, and creating with diverse people in an increasingly fragmented and polarizing time. We cannot serve God and neighbor through transforming relationships without being interculturally credible. It is through this relational value that we are able to recognize our individual and collective participation in systems of inequity. We thoroughly condemn racism and commit to laboring towards our credibility among different cultures, dismantling systems of oppression, strengthening systems of support and advocacy for under-resourced groups, and pursuing a systemic, sustained growth in our organization.
When we talk about intercultural credibility, we define it as the ability to: 1) Recognize the particular biased contexts in which our sense of identity is formed; 2) Develop curiosity about the identity and experiences of other persons; 3) Grow our capacity to engage difference by actively participating to expand the communities we love and serve – a process whereby a Triune God invites us all to more deeply experience the fullness of humanity.
We believe the proof of our statements about our commitments to this work happen within the context of relationship. Intercultural credibility requires an ongoing dialogical reality in which we are dependent upon those with whom we have or desire a relationship with to say, “I can believe what you say about yourself is true.” The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology reaffirms our value of intercultural credibility by uniting in the following commitments:
- Establish the Intercultural Credibility Advisory Committee reporting to the president, to steward the ongoing activity and strategic work of intercultural credibility at The Seattle School.
- Articulate our 6-month to 3-year goals with regard to intercultural credibility in the areas of curricular and co-curricular programming, institutionalization and assessment, support and advocacy, and collaboration with external partners.
- Provide avenues of transparency with faculty, staff, students, alumni and our partners regarding the process of this work, areas of growth, and ongoing efforts.
These commitments speak to the missional work of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, which we believe align to a broader mission of service to God and neighbor. As we continue to journey toward intercultural credibility we intend our values to be shown in and through our relationships.
For more information contact the Intercultural Credibility Advisory Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.