Diversity and multicultural tolerance are often the benchmarks for organizations and places of worship inclusion efforts. Yet, "diversity" and "multicultural" are merely the starting points for creating spaces and opportunities where people truly feel accepted and appreciated for their diverse thoughts, practices, and cultural norms. People are more than numbers! People are the fullness of their diverse thoughts, practices, norms, and beliefs. And, when presented with opportunities, people will bring an overflowing wealth of diverse resources into their organizations and places of worship.
How can organizations and places of worship benefit from a culture of inclusion? Organizations that engage inclusion practices and policies into their organizational structures have an increase in employee morale, engagement, lower turnover rates, and higher productivity. Places of worship that practice inclusion will benefit from appropriate use of congregants’ giftedness, higher engagement in ministries and committees, effective outreach and community engagement, and spiritual and numerical growth.
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