Participant Reflections, revisit Diversity Audit, What’s Next?
What you will need:
Feel free to use this short liturgy or open with extemporary prayer - or a combination of both.
(Whatever works best for you and your tradition).
Light a candle in the centre of the group
Keep a moment of silence
Leader: Let us start by bringing our focus onto God and recognise God’s presence among us.
May the love and desire for justice of Jesus Christ be with you.
All: And also with you.
Leader: We put aside of stresses and preoccupations of the day, we acknowledge our hopes, fears,
and anxieties as we start this session.
We ask you to be with us, Lord.
Help us to be open and vulnerable to your presence and the learning you have for us today.
We pray in Jesus’ name.
Leader may read the collect for this week
Leader: We gather together our thoughts and prayers using the prayer that Jesus taught us:
All: Our Father…
All: All pray ‘The Prayer for Courage’ from the Corrymeela Community by Pádraig Ó Tuama to close.
Review the Principles of Learning Community:
• We’re here to learn
• No experts
• Be challenged by the gospel
• Be challenged by the stories and experiences of others
• Will prioritise the voices of UKME / Global Majority Christians
• We acknowledge the leading of the Holy Spirit
A reminder to:
• Be Present
• Be Open
• Be Truthful
• Be Gracious
• Be Kind
Explain the flow of this session (it would help to put this on PowerPoint or a White Board or A3 paper as well).
• Review your group covenant
• Ask that everyone agrees to those principles again for this session by raising their hands.
May we suggest people get into groups of 3 or 4 with those near them. Make sure everyone has a bible or a copy of the passage. There are many variations on how to do Lectio Divina. Here’s a variation that we will use today:
Listening for God in the Word:
How God speaks to ME and what I am invited to DO:
Please note that anyone may “pass” at any time. If a person prefers to pray silently instead of sharing with the group, then simply state this aloud and conclude your silent prayer with Amen.
We are blessed to have the Revd Canon Dr Rosalyn Murphy’s biblical reflections every week. These have been a core feature of both the online courses which ran in Coventry and Derby.
She is a biblical scholar, with masters and doctoral degrees from Durham. She is currently a vicar and Chair of the Racial Equality Action Group in the Diocese of Coventry.
Take a moment of silence to consider the Bible reflection
An opportunity to share observations or reflections in partners. If time, bring some of that back to the larger group.
Watch PCC Good Example Video.
Our thanks to Mr Ron Ruddock, Church Warden at St Paul’s Fosehill and Mr Jayden Ruddock, PCC member at St Paul’s Fosehil
In groups of 3 or 4, here are some questions to consider:
Watch Jen Jenkins ‘Representation and What’s Next’ video
Either have each person share individually, or perhaps give their reflection to you as the leader to share on their behalf, or quickly build into a PowerPoint to show. Completely up to you – but this reflection and then discussion afterwards is very important!
We encourage you to use the prepared Final Session Liturgy and Leader’s Prayers or say a short prayer to close, committing our actions to God, inviting the Holy Spirit to enable our continued learning with courage throughout the week, months and years to come.
Say a short prayer to close, committing our actions to God, inviting the Holy Spirit to enable our continued learning with courage throughout the week.
Thank the group for journeying with you in this Amazing Grace racial equality learning community.
Include: The next steps and actions you decided upon at the last meeting Copies of the reflections for everyone Race equality books and resources page Responding to Racism DBE Resource from the Diocese of Coventry.
Also include a link to Jen Jenkins’ ‘For Such a Time as This’ PowerPoint and Full Video.
Biblical Reflection on Revelation 22:1-7
PCC Good Example:
Representation and what's next: Jen Jenkins