Cultural Perspectives on Time

Our cultural backgrounds shape much of how we view the world around us, including our concept of time. Some cultures have a polychronic view of time, while other cultures hold a monochronic view of time.

Being from the United States, I identify with a monochronic culture. Growing up I was always taught that it is bad manners to be late. I was even taught that it would be better to be a few minutes early than to be a few minutes late. Now, most of my friends at Bridges come from a polychronic culture, where showing up at the time of the event is rude; showing up early is unthinkable! Showing up early to an event or at the set time of the event would make the hosts rush and inconvenience them. Instead, it is more honorable to arrive after the set time of the event. Both me and my friends are seeking to honor our hosts, but we consider completely different things to be ‘good manners!’

Can you see how these two vastly different views of time might make for some uncomfortable situations or even hurt feelings?

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Interview with Mosaic

As the Vision Conference draws near, Bridges took some time to catch up with our worship band this year, Mosaic. Mosaic will be leading our times of music at Vision, and we’re so excited to have them join us! Learn more about their group and why they lead worship.

Bridges: We are so glad that you will be with us at Vision this year! What made you excited to join us?

Mosaic: We’re so excited to be coming to Vision as we’ve heard so many great things about the conference from the past few years! I think the thing that most excites us about Vision, is the wide variety of people that will be in attendance. To have people from places like California, Denver, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Kenya, Delhi, and many more all coming together to focus on God is such an exciting and unique experience that you just don’t get in other places.

Bridges: Can you explain what worship is?

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Choosing Who You See in the Mirror

The way we view ourselves involves so much more than physical appearances. When we look in the mirror, of course we will see the forehead someone made fun of in middle school, the crooked nose, and the asymmetrical face…with the occasional pimple. We shrug and try to manipulate our looks before going about our day. Men might do a few push ups. Girls might buy a new lipstick. ‘Maybe this shade will really make my eyes pop,’ we think as we stand in line at Target.
But so much more cutting than these aesthetic realities, are the thoughts that bounce off the mirror and slap us in the face. Thoughts of unworthiness, of not measuring up to societal, or personal standards. Our inner critics silently rage in the cage of our minds, unfiltered. But our self-image is just that…an image, a representation or likeness of ourselves. So, if our self-image is something outside of ourselves and not inherently who we are, that means it’s fluid. We get to choose how we see ourselves.
We get to choose.

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Your Vision Conference Adventure Awaits!

Wondering what to do during your winter break? Come to Vision Conference in beautiful Denver, Colorado. Not only will you experience a multi-cultural conference but you will get to explore a unique place as well. The best part will be living out this adventure with new and old friends from over 60 different countries.

Denver’s population is rapidly growing as young people flock to this perfect blend of city life and nature. They are drawn to the possibilities that a big city brings as well as the tranquility of the mountains. Just outside the city are the Rocky Mountains, the longest mountain range in the U.S. and second longest in the world! You’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of the mountains from our hotel.

During Vision we have two afternoons of touring so that you can experience both the city and nature that surrounds us. Here are some of the things you’ll be able to do those afternoons:

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Study Tips for College Success in the United States

Looking for effective study tips for your college experience in the United States? We would love to share some advice we’ve received with you. One of the most important things for effective studying is finding your learning style. There are four main types of...

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I spend most of my income on things I need. Many Saturdays are spent doing laundry, vacuuming and scrubbing the bathroom sink. There’s no one around to cook for me, so if I don’t cook, I don’t eat. My friends and family are spread out all over the globe, and I check my email more than my social media. On nights out with friends, the conversation quickly turns to things like “which credit card gives you the best airline mileage rate”. I guess I’m an adult.
I don’t want to over-simplify what it looks like to embrace adulthood, without becoming cynical, by simply encouraging you to “follow your dreams”. On the surface, there’s no one-right-way to live. Every culture values different things and looks at what it means to be an adult differently. Some young adults live with their families until they get married, while other cultures view that as being overly dependent. Some cultures have a more widely accepted standard of a “good job”, while others value forging a unique identity.

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