About Us

Bridges to Cultural Understanding is a grassroots organization created to provide a means of bringing multi-cultural individuals together across social boundaries in order to give us all an opportunity to share our individual stories and to dialogue with one another. All Bridges to Cultural Understanding meetings are open to the community at no charge. Our meetings offer a great opportunity for an inter-generational, multi-cultural exchange of information, questions, answers and new perspectives.

Our Objectives

• To share the reality and depth of the personal stories of our cultures.

• To promote understanding of each culture's history, contributions, special holidays and celebrations, religion, challenges (both historic and present,) current pressing issues and dreams for the future.

• To build intra-cultural friendships and alliances committed to reducing misconceptions, healing racism and uniting together to identify and change attitudes, structures and laws that perpetuate disparities.

Programs and Events

2016 BTCU Programs

All BTCU programs to be held at First Congregational Church,
145 Capital Ave. N.E., in Battle Creek unless otherwise stated.
Starting time of all programs is 7 p.m. You may RSVP by
calling Nina at 269-964-4921 or e-mailing ninalagrand@icloud.com

(Update - Program Cancelled) Thursday, January 21st, 2016 Diversity in Education from a student and teacher perspective. This program features Scott Durham, Social Studies Teacher at Lakeview High School, along with a group of students who have been organized to help initiate change and understanding that will promote greater equity within the school system.

Thursday, February 18, 2016 Black History Program. J.R Reynolds and Carey Whitfield will present recent information on institutional racism in such areas as housing, health, education, and the criminal justice system.

Thursday, March 17th, 2016 Minister's Round Table. Rev. William Wyne and Rev. Tom Ott, among the diverse religious leaders, sharing insights on how to build Christian alliances, with the goal of determining key strategies and a unified action plan to bring about equal justice for all people.


Video Links of Interest

A Girl Like Me
Color is more than skin deep for young African-American women struggling to define themselves
Reza Aslan
Unity in Diversity

An internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, tells his own story of growing up as an Iranian-born emigre and explores the common narrative of what it means to be an American
One Drop Rule
"Insights and implications regarding the "One Drop Rule."
The Rev. Eric Law of the Kaleidoscope Institute
Talks about assumptions that we might make when we meet another person?