Church CARE for Cultural Trauma

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This course explores the concepts of race, ethnicity and culture from biblical and psychological perspectives. You’ll consider the traumatic impact of the Fall on culture, humanity’s relationship with God, each other, and creation. The need for incarnational approaches and reconciliation is emphasized, and the Church is called on to CARE (Christians Acting in Reconciliation and Empathy) now. Church CARE encourages believers to walk in humility, compassion and love in cross-cultural and other contexts where traumatized individuals and communities need to see a reflection of Christ and experience His help, hope and healing.

What you’ll learn

  • Understand concepts of race, ethnicity, and culture from biblical perspectives.
  • Demonstrate God’s call for churches to provide His incarnational CARE (Christians Acting in Reconciliation and Empathy) to culturally traumatized individuals and communities.


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Dr. Cathy Sigmund


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Personal Computer:  You must have access to a computer with Windows 8/10 or Mac OS X to complete the course work. Linux OS based computers will function for most online content, but you may run into some restrictions when trying to view multimedia content.  

Internet Service: High-speed internet service is recommended. 

CMTI Learning Management System:This course will be administered online here at CMTI runs on a different platform than Canvas. If you have a Crown Canvas account, please note that this login and password are NOT linked, and changing the password on one does not change your password on the other.

Microsoft Office:  Students must submit assignments in Microsoft Word or PDF format unless otherwise specified in order to be graded by Crown’s instructors.