Communication in Relationships
We have seen the effects of developments across the spectra of existence on relationships across all spheres of human existence. The developments are mostly guided but the many varying cultures that make up human existence. As a community of Christians, we acknowledge the effects of the world around us while we stand firmly on the teachings of God’s words. We take what the differing cultures that make up our community has offered us in our developmental stages, and subsume that in what we know as the Bible Culture that affirms God’s supreme majesty in all areas of living
Culture has a strong influence on development, behaviour, values and beliefs. Family rituals and good communication have a positive effect on teenagers for example. Parents who instil positive cultural values and beliefs in their children help raise their self-esteem and academic success. Such parents also reap a harvest of children who contribute positively to their society. If culture fosters a more extroverted personality style, we can expect more need for social interaction. Additionally, Individualistic cultures foster more assertive and outspoken behaviour. When the general population encourages these gregarious behaviours, more ideas are exchanged and self-esteem increases.
In our study of Cross-Cultural parenting, we have tried to look at the effect culture has, and can exert, on relationships even in a Christian community like our own. In the next edition of this study, we hope to be looking at tools that will help us to build bridges across any differences caused by cultural initiatives and how God can help us to build s joyful community grounded in the Gospel.
Date: 2nd May, 2021
Time: 4PM (BST)
Zoom Meeting: tiny.cc/afmchurch