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Materials used in the Bishop's Study Group: Pursuing Racial Reconciliation

These are the materials discussed during the Bishop's six-session study group, Pursuing Racial Reconciliation, held Jan. - Feb. 2021.

Session 1 (Jan. 5, 2021):

Session 2 (Jan. 12, 2021):

Session 3 (Jan 19, 2021):

Session 4 (Jan. 26, 2021):

Session 5 (Feb. 2, 2021):

Session 6 (Feb. 9, 2021):

Small Group Discussion:

Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
– Isaiah 43: 18-19

10 minutes to reflect on the Isaiah passage together.

  • What are the old or former things God is encouraging you to leave behind?
  • What are the new things God is doing or what are the new ways God is making for you? For the church?

30 minutes to reflect on Ruby Sales, Amanda Gorman, and Hold On.

  • Where does it hurt?
  • Do you want to be healed?
  • Whose shoulder do you stand on?
  • What do you stand for?

5 minutes to close in prayer.

  • Having listened to each other use your own words to offer a hope for the others in your group. Take time to let each person add a word or phrase to the prayer.
  • The pray can start with, “Dear God” and end with “Amen.”
  • Avoid judging yourself when you pray.