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Multicultural Affairs

Multicultural Affairs

Mosaic Lunches

Mosaic Lunches are a chance for OCC students, faculty, and staff to discuss difficult topics in the nation and the church. Most of the topics pertain to diversity, culture, and politics. Join us each month in the OCC Banquet Hall (upper caf) from 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Spring 2023 Schedule

Topic: Is Revelation 7:9 Possible Now on Earth as It Is in Heaven?
Date: February 16, 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Facilitators: David Fish and Josue Portillo 
Where: Upstairs Banquet Hall
Food: Hackett Hot Wings (RSVP here)
Description: David and Josue will lead a discussion on the dynamics and complexities of the church having different languages present in the same place. This is based on Rev. 7:9 of God being worshiped by people from different tribes, languages, and ethnicities, and Jesus' prayer that God's will in heaven will be done on earth.



Topic: A Conversation on Church Hurt and Loving the Church
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Mark Christian (CCO), Bethany Johnson (2016 alum), Micah Balu (2018 alum), and Shane Wood  
Where: Student Center
Food: Lunch provided (RSVP here)
Description: Mark, Shane, Bethany, and Micah will have a conversation on what church hurt is and what it is not, explaining how we are to love the church and also keep the church accountable in the midst of experiencing pain from the church. 


Topic: Lunch and Q&A with Dr. John Mariott and Live Podcast Recording
Date: March 7, 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m. (Lunch and Q&A) and 2:00 p.m. (Live Podcast Recording)
Facilitators: John Marriott, Ph.D.
Where: Student Center
Food: Lunch provided (RSVP here)



Topic: Coffee and Culture: Learning the Language of Culture
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Facilitators: Jon Kehrer
Where: Student Center
Description: Come have coffee and hear from coffee roaster and OCC professor Jon Kehrer as he shares insights and skills on engaging culture that he acquired from his own linguistic journey. 


OCC's Multicultural Affairs Department seeks to cultivate a multiethnic, multicultural campus and constituency by working across college departments to intentionally recruit and retain ethnic minority students and to increase campus and classroom cultural inclusivity.

The Ozark community is committed to honoring and broadening the ethnic diversity of our community and to treating every person with respect and love. We want every student to feel at home at OCC, and we want to equip our students to be culturally agile in any context. Ozark equips students to serve in a diverse world. As we train men and women for Christian service, we seek to raise them up as leaders who encourage cultural and ethnic diversity for the sake of the gospel. 

For more on OCC's Mosaic Leadership Scholarship, visit occ.edu/mosaic

Matthew McBirth

Multicultural Affairs Department Director

Matthew McBirth is a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a survey that assesses an individual's or group's capacity to engage culture well. As our communities grow in cultural diversity, the church must be able to become "all things to all people" for the sake of the gospel (1 Cor 9:19-23).

Matthew will help your church grow in cultural engagement and effectiveness when he administers the IDI, reviews the results, and offers practical advice. Contact Matthew below for more information on using the Intercultural Development Inventory in your ministry.

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