Keynote Address - Part I & II:
Presenter: Rev. Tamara Lebak
Rev. Tamara Lebak
The Rev. Tamara Lebak, UU Minister, Organizational Consultant and Executive Coach, will introduce the core skills and goals of Cultural Competence in a keynote presentation and interactive workshop.
Rev. Tamara Lebak said in a recent training for her ministerial colleagues that “we must first understand our own culture if we want to be more open to our neighbors.” This statement aptly captures both the starting place and the ultimate goal of cultural competence, an essential ingredient for building and growing robust multi-cultural, multi-racial communities.
"In Our Own Tongues"
In the Hebrew scriptures, the story of the Tower of Babel warns us against the arrogance that can arise in assuming that we are all speaking the same language and having the same experience. God separates the languages and the cultures and it is good, for we are freed from our arrogance (in theory) and the mystery of God is lifted up once again. In the Christian Scriptures in Acts, the Holy Spirit descends upon a group of people all speaking different languages and allows those present to understand foreigners as though they were speaking in their own tongues. This passage suggests an underlying unity in our diversity, a theme that carries throughout Acts. As we look at the nature of our work in multicultural and intercultural settings the most important work we can do is understanding our own culture and language and being able to listen from the perspective of another cultural point of view without losing site of our own power. I will introduce the concept of cultural competency and the power of this model for our work in congregations and the community.
Tamara Lebak is a noted UU Minister, author, and trainer. Currently serving as an adjunct minister at the All Souls UU Church in Tulsa, she is also a Gestalt-trained Organizational Development Consultant and ICF-Certified Executive coach with six years experience working with C-Suite level executives in corporate and nonprofit settings. Her change management experience focuses on social and emotional intelligence, cultural competency, and maneuvering between multiple levels of system.
Tamara's consulting, training, and coaching is grounded in her philosophy that our values should guide our priorities. Our perception of others and how we are perceived affects our individual and organizational impact and living our values in our relationships and in the workplace. Emotions impact leadership, alignment, credibility, and cultural competency. Tamara is dedicated to developing effective leaders, raising emotional and cultural awareness, promoting truthfulness and authenticity, and ultimately contributing to creating a more just and compassionate world.
Here is the resource list Tamara offered at the workshop:
Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It Second Edition Paperback –
January 16, 2010
by Shelly Tochluk
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About
Jan 17, 2003
by Beverly Daniel Tatum
What If?: Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue
May 8, 2008
by Steve Long-Nguyen Robbins
The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb
Jan 1, 1993
by Rev. Eric Law
White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
Sep 13, 2011
by Tim Wise
Tamara Lebak PCC, M.Div