by Jodi Brook

What is Australian culture? How about New Zealand culture? How do you think Australians and New Zealanders embrace cultural diversity?

Do you know what it means to be a refugee? How do we embrace our own First Nations cultures?

These and many other questions are part of the Grow Ministries Talking Points session called ‘How do we support cultural diversity?’

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, ‘Refugees are people fleeing conflict or persecution. They are defined and protected in international law and must not be expelled or returned to situations where their life and freedom are at risk’.


It is God’s will that we show love to the vulnerable and the stranger because our hearts have first been filled and transformed by the love, forgiveness, healing and help we’ve received from him through Jesus. ‘Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another’ (1 John 4:11).

We pray that we – our countries of Australia and New Zealand, the church, our local communities and our families – will be places in which the stranger is welcomed and cared for because of their value as a human being made in the image of God. What can you do to love others?

These topics are part of volume 3 of Grow Ministries’ Talking Points resource. Created to encourage adults of all ages to journey in faith together in discussing a range of topics, Talking Points comes in four volumes.

Talking Points Volume 3 includes:

  • How do we support cultural diversity?
  • How can Christians remain united?
  • How do we determine our identity?

More about Grow’s Talking Points

  • Designed to create an open discussion platform
  • No pre-reading or planning required
  • Created to be as flexible as needed
  • or can be followed as prescribed
  • Available to download, print and distribute

For more information or to purchase a copy of Talking Points, please visit the Grow Ministries website:

Jodi Brook is Director of Grow Ministries.

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