Small Groups: Session 2 2021
Meet online OR in-person starting Sunday, June 6 and ending Saturday, July 31.
8 weeks – 4 topics – individual study and group discussion
This summer, we will journey together! All small groups will follow the same pattern and access the same resources. Groups will be organized by availability and whether they meet online or in person.
Week 1 of each topic is reserved for self-study using a wide variety of resources from Scripture, articles, podcasts, books and videos. Each participant can choose which resources they want to study in each topic. Week 2 of each topic is a guided small group discussion around the topic.
Topic #1: Midrash (or as author Rob Bell describes it “turning the gem”) – Weeks 1 & 2
We’ll leverage the Jewish practice of midrash as a way to explore Biblical text and stories, finding new meaning and application for our lives in today’s world.
Topic #2: Jesus was a refugee – Weeks 3 & 4
During these 2 weeks we’ll explore the migration experience of the ancient Israelite’s, Jesus and today’s refugees, learning the why, when, who and how of migration in our time. We’ll explore opportunities for us to come alongside those who choose to leave their homes and find themselves in unfamiliar territory.
Topic #3: Faith after Doubt – Weeks 5 & 6
Is doubt an essential part of a growing, vibrant faith journey? How can we use our natural tendency to doubt as a way to grow in our faith and practice? During these 2 weeks, we’ll explore ways of looking at doubt and how these seasons can change the trajectory of our faith journey and our relationship with God.
Topic #4: Social Witness – Weeks 7 & 8
Is the church – and are individuals – called to bring hope and healing in our society? If so, how and in what circumstances? If not, what should we do when we see harm and inequity in our communities? These 2 weeks will provide an opportunity to explore our place as allies and advocates in our communities, living and spreading the Gospel message.
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