When the opportunity arises for North Americans to deliver an address or sermon to groups whose first language is not English it will facilitate communication to keep a few guidelines in mind. This also applies to members of European Unitarian Universalist (EUU). An increasing number of its members are not ex-pats, and many who are Americans or Canadians may not have lived in the U.S. or Canada in decades. The challenges in inter-cultural communication are multiple. Many will be challenged because English is not their first language; others will not be familiar with North American or UU history; and one must assume that most are not familiar with current events in North America or its popular culture. The following suggestions are offered to make presentations more intelligible when speaking to people not from North America.
When preparing a presentation for such a gathering:
When delivering your presentation:
(These guidelines were generously provided by Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed who serves as the UUA's Ambassador to UU Fellowships in France, Holland, and Switzerland)
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Last updated on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.
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