Pathways to Discipleship

I’ve Been Meaning to Ask...This phrase suggests curiosity and implies “I’ve been thinking about you and wanting to check in...” We will be asking 4 questions that encourage connection, invite us to share our pain, and seek ways to care for one another. Guided by scripture and videos, the classes will help strengthen our capacity for empathy and compassion and show us the simple power of asking unassuming questions.

Targeted to Youth Families All

 

MARCH 6 - Where are you from?

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Where are you from? - Recording of Sunday class with Hal Clarke

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MARCH 13 - Where does it hurt?

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Do Not Tell Me - poem by Jan Richardson

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Where does it hurt? - Recording of Sunday class with Joan Wright

Recommended resource from Joan Wright: Dr. Arthur Brooks- Strength in The Second Half

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Consider how you process pain:

  • What makes your heart hurt?

  • Where in your life do you feel vulnerable, humbled or broken open?

  • What is your first memory of grief?  What have you learned from your grief?

  • How do you emotionally process your pain? (time alone, therapy, exercise, time with friends) 

  • Describe a time when you felt fully seen, known and accepted for who you are.

  • Share about a time you witnessed someone else’s grief or pan.  How did that experience impact you?

 

MARCH 20 - What do you need?

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What do you need? recording of class - Minna Elliott

Brené Brown on Empathy vs. Sympathy

Exploring Feelings - Stephen Ministry Training - Rev. Matt Rhodes, Director of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Training for Penn Medicine Princeton

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Shining the light - Father Greg Boyle (1:27)

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What’s a gift (tangible or intangible) you’ve received that you’ll never forget?

Think of a time that someone extended care to you. What did they do and how did it make you feel?  What set this time apart from other times you’ve received care?

 

MARCH 27 - Where do we go from here?

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Read Acts Chapter 10 and answer these questions:

  • How are the characters’ preconceived notions challenged, disrupted or reconfigured? 

  • What does Cornelius want from Peter?  Could he have gotten this on his own?

  • Why does Peter go? 

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Listen for the invitation to think of God’s mercy and broader, more spacious ways:  “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy” 

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April 24 - Sabbath as Resistance + May 1 Sabbath as Peace

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Sabbath as Resistance - recording of class - Garrell Keesler

Sabbath as Peace - recording of class - Garrell Keesler

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May 8 and May 15 - The Book of Ruth

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The Book of Ruth Part 1 - recording of class - Selina Mahlerbe

The Book of Ruth Part 2  - recording of class - Selina Mahlerbe

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