Oneness and Diversity Resources

Terminology

RACE

A socially constructed and socially empowered term used to identify a people group based on shared physical characteristics such as hair, eyes, skin color, body shape, etc. The concept of race is not biologically supported but was adopted for social reasons to systematically stigmatize certain people groups as inferior, thus justifying racial slavery, injustice and inequality.

RACISM

The collective misuse of power that results in diminished life opportunities for some racial groups based on arbitrary reasons. 

ETHNICITY

A common heritage belonging to a group of people distinguished from others through culture, common history, lineage, etc.

CULTURE

The customs, beliefs, social forms and material traits of a particular ethnic, racial, religious or social group. It is reflected in the language, speech patterns, behaviors, attitudes, artifacts, and relational styles that are unique to that group. (Culture can be applied to any group, based on anything that group has in common. Example: Jersey Culture)

ONENESS

The state of two or more becoming or being unified for a common purpose, mission or goal. This concept is taken from the Godhead, trinity: three distinct persons but one God.

DIVERSITY

The presence of different types of people within a given setting, such as a team, workplace, church or organization. These differences can include such things as ethnicity, gender, age, marital status, income level, educational background, and a host of other factors.

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