What is it about small groups that makes them so powerful? Wisdom can be found in the group. When people feel heard, free to exchange information, voice diverse opinions and apply critical thinking skills, the old saying “two heads are better than one” often applies. An intimate, informal atmosphere increases the likelihood of everyone’s participation that in turn builds trust, is less intimidating and nurtures acceptance.
In terms of time, topics and materials, small groups often have the advantage of being flexible to the needs of participants.
Small Group discussions are not only beneficial, but perhaps the way of the (foreseeable) future as we adapt to our new normal of “zooming” through a day. Below are three well-received and encouraging resources –
- Find practical tips for organizing and facilitating online discussion groups posted by The Reverend Bryan Spoon at Neurotheology.info. Also, the Fruit of the Spirit videos you may have already watched now include additional resources for personal and group reflection questions.
- Digging Deeper: Starting a Small Group Bible Study creates an environment where scripture becomes a highly satisfying swap of insights.
- When protests against racial injustice erupted nationwide in late spring, the dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York invited Episcopalians to participate in Sacred Ground, The Episcopal Church’s 10-part, film-based discussion series. The Episcopal News Service recently posted the curriculum “confronts the historical roots of systemic racism and examines how that history still shapes American institutions and social interactions today.” Diocese of San Diego, where at least 11 congregations signed up to form Sacred Ground circles. Learn more about The Episcopal Church’s Sacred Ground discussion series, including how to register.
These are just a sampling of the plentiful resources available to help you plan, organize and put into practice small group formational opportunities for this fall. If you need any assistance, please reach out to Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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