DAUGHTERS OF WISDOM-COUNCIL OF CONGREGATION
Provincial Leaders of the Daughters of Wisdom, representing some 20 countries around the world gathered for a Council of Congregation 2017 in Fusagasugá, Colombia. The gathering began with a few days of celebrating and deepening our experience of interculturality.
After the presentation of the culture of Colombia by the Provincial Council, our guest speaker Maureen Gilbert led us through a process of getting in touch with our own cultures so as to be open to other cultures. Mrs. Gilbert described the inclusion of diversity as Wisdom at work. It is often easier for us to think of the things that we have in common, for example our spirituality and mission. However, as she pointed out, if we do not acknowledge our differences the tendency is to push them “under the carpet.” She descriptively said, “Soon the carpet will look like the Andes!”
Though culture is dynamic, our values are developed young in life between the ages of 10 and twelve. Maureen provided us with the opportunity to reflect back on our lives at that time in order to get in touch with our values and how they influence us today.
Maureen used a combination of exercises with theory to deepen our understanding of culture. One of the theories we explored was culture as an iceberg. This theory reveals that much of what we are aware of in terms of behavior is above the surface (external conscious culture). However, below the surface is where the largest part of the iceberg exists. What is below the surface is internal subconscious culture. The internal subconscious culture contains our beliefs, values, traditions, thought patterns and perceptions.
We are on a journey as a Congregation. We can be assured that Wisdom dwells in the experience of each our cultures. Being open to others will only expand our experience of Wisdom that will make our mission relevant in all aspects of life and mission.