Facilitators' Guide: Earth and Integral Ecology
Guiding Group

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 second Segment, most groups will have already met for one or more sessions and so will be familiar with the process and the microsite. To other groups who have decided to commence the process with this Segment - Welcome! We are delighted that you have chosen to join us on this journey and welcome your participation.

Whichever presentation you, the Facilitator, or group first choose to engage with, commence your work with the theme using the Introduction by Elizabeth Davis rsm which informs us that 'mercy is the essence of religion', introduces us to the understanding of mercy in the Abrahamic and Eastern faith traditions and invites each participant to deepen her/his contemplation of mercy using five questions:

  • How is mercy essential in my life?
  • With what words do I imagine mercy?
  • What mercy-name for God do I use most often?
  • In this past week, how and where have I been mercying?
  • During this past week, when did Earth show me mercy?

This set of questions, designed for use with the Introduction, could well be used as review questions at the end of the thematic exploration.

Once again we offer three of many possible approaches to using resources from the theme ‘Faith Traditions and Mercy’ implementing the suggested structure (nos. 1-6). The approach used will depend on the needs, interests and abilities of the group members. 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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