The risky nature of relationships

January 21, 2020

On this day after honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, I am reminded that we can learn so much from others when we enter relationships with people who have different life experiences, and when we do it from a perspective of cultural humility.

Cultural humility is a central component of Bridge of Hope’s Strangers to Neighbors℠ volunteer training. In this brief video, Bridge of Hope National board member, Dr. Bob Hewitt, along with his wife, Dr. Nicole Hewitt, share a quick summary of cultural humility.

Cultural humility invites us to open our eyes and see beyond our own perspective, entering into relationships built on trust, equity and respect, with others who have different life experiences.

Martin Luther King Day of Service reminds us of Dr. King’s famous words, “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Author Margot Starbuck says it this way, “Is crossing the road toward a beloved Other risky? Yes. Inconvenient? Terribly.  Uncomfortable? Absolutely.  And yet crossing the road to meet the stranger is the way we walk when we study and track and trail – when we follow – the person of Jesus.”

Are you ready to make 2020 a year of servicing others in a spirit of cultural humility?  Join us as a Neighboring Volunteer with your faith community and make a life-long impact through neighboring a family facing homelessness.  Your church can be a church that helps homeless families – and it can start with you!  Reach out and we’ll help you make it happen!

May 2020 be a year of serving others with cultural humility,

Edith Yoder
Executive Director

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The risky nature of relationships