An important aspect of the approach for both courses (which carries over into this Amazing GRACE Lent Course) was that it was a learning community of equals:
We are all learning – no experts!
Prioritise the voice of Global Majority Christians in each session
Spend time listening to the lived and academic experience of expert guests
Open and honest space with permission to ask questions
Considering both personal reflection, attitudes and changed behaviour
Rooted in prayer and our collective reliance on God’s wisdom, understanding, forgiveness and Spirit to move us and change us
There is the expectation that people do some learning outside of the sessions, but we are realistic about how much we expect of participants and their busy schedules. For that reason, each week there is material recommended for the participants to explore before the next session. Although not everyone will have the time to read a book each week, we strongly encourage everyone to do at least something (from listening to a podcast to reading a short article to watching a video online).
There is a blended approach to content that includes bible reflections, prayer/worship (modelling inclusive liturgy), the main teaching or story for that day, group work, plenary feedback, and video recordings. We have endeavoured to provide variety and reach people across a range of learning styles.
Each session is planned to be between 75 - 90 mins (depending on how much time you want to give to discussion) with tea/coffee at the end to continue conversations.
Because of copyright issues, we did not include all prayers, articles, or liturgies that were used. However, we tried to make it easy for you to find them quickly online.