Facilitators Guide: Mercy and the Displacement of Persons
Guiding Group

The Facilitators Guide offers three of many possible approaches to using these resources and may be of interest to individuals as well as groups.

The role of the Facilitator will necessarily include organising the group’s access at the session to the resources on screen or in print.

A suggested structure for each Session is:

  1. Preparation of the Focus Space
  2. Prayer
  3. Introduction
  4. Content Explored
  5. Reflection and Discussion
  6. Closing

As this is the third theme of the second Segment, most groups will have already met for one or more sessions and so will be familiar with the process and the microsite.  

One of the outcomes of the Mercy International Reflection Process (MIRP), precursor to this process, was the focus on two often intersecting themes: (i) displacement of persons and degradation of Earth. Last month, in Mercy Global Presence (theme two) we focussed on 'Mercy and the Degradation of Earth'. This month, our focus is 'Mercy and the Displacement of Persons'.

Each week in Mercy eNews, the online newsletter of Mercy International Association and on our website here, we share stories of how and where Mercy people are heeding 'the cry of Earth and the cry of the Poor' and responding to needs with justice, in mercy. We tell 'Stories that build up, not tear down; stories that help us rediscover our roots and the strength needed to move forward together...a human story that can speak of ourselves and of the beauty all around us. A narrative that can regard our world and its happenings with a tender gaze. A narrative that can tell us that we are part of a living and interconnected tapestry. A narrative that can reveal the interweaving of the threads which connect us to one another.' (Pope Francis: Message for the 54th World Communications Sunday)

Whichever presentation you, the Facilitator, or group first choose to engage with, commence your work using the introduction by Elizabeth Davis rsm. In it she reviews last month's theme,  giving us the opportunity to understand the relationship with this month's theme: 'everything is connected' (Laudato Si'). Elizabeth points out that we tend to think of globally displaced persons, but that displaced persons are also persons living in our midst. Then, through first a global then a local lens, Elizabeth invites us to view some of the key challenges of our contemporary world. Many of the issues she addresses were identified by MIRP groups and are subjects chosen for exploration by the other presenters on this theme. 

Once again, we offer three of many possible approaches to using resources from the theme Mercy and the Displacement of Persons, implementing the suggested structure (nos. 1-6). The approach used will depend on the needs, interests, abilities and situations of the group members. At this present time, groups that are able to meet are using video conferencing. Our suggested approaches take account of this and of face-to-face-meetings becoming possible again in the future.

Facilitators may, of course, use their own approach with the resources, or choose elements from these three suggested approaches to create a different approach. At the conclusion of the Session the Facilitator or another group member is encouraged to send on ‘what is too good for the group to keep to themselves’ to mgpfeedback@mercyinternational.ie

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