Breaking Calabashes: Becoming an Intercultural Community by Rosemary Dewerse

Breaking CalabashesBreaking Calabashes: Becoming an Intercultural Community is a timely new book offering practical ways to break our assumptions about others in the interests of becoming communities in which all are truly valued and included. God’s vision for our diverse world is that we all be one in Christ. By drawing deeply from interviews with a range of people, lessons from missional endeavours, and personal stories, including questions for individual reflection and a Leader’s Guide for groups, Rosemary Dewerse seeks to help us realise this vision within our communities so that we might act as light and salt for our world.

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About the Author

Dr Rosemary Dewerse, a Kiwi wife and mother, has lived in the UK, Central Asia, and now Australia where she is the Director of Missiology and Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies at the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology and the Adelaide College of Divinity, and a lecturer in the Department of Theology at Flinders University, South Australia.


This is a readable and stimulating book, full of intriguing stories on how we can live together more kindly in our world. Rosemary skilfully uncovers obstacles and issues that prevent us from living authentically as an intercultural community in our various contexts. She enumerates four clear suggestions on how we can do this interspersed with probing questions for reflection. I found this book to be inspiring, provocative and practical in its emphasis on how we can make a difference if we are willing to break our own sacred calabashes for the sake of the other.

Dr Cathy Ross,

Kiwi missiologist based in the UK, former CMS missionary in Africa
General Secretary of the International Association of Mission Studies.


In this book Rosemary dares us to glimpse the truly revolutionary promise of the Gospel – a genuinely Intercultural community in Christ. Scholarly and personal, visionary and practical: this is good reading! I warmly welcome this timely book and encourage Christians everywhere to read it – together if possible – and to practice the principles of Intercultural living and discipleship it uncovers.

Rev Prof Andrew Dutney
President, Uniting Church in Australia