Facilitators Guide: Presence to Earth
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 second theme of the third Segment, most groups will have already explored the context for Mercy Global Presence as “global” (Segment One) and its spirit as “mercy” (Segment Two), and so will be familiar with the process and the microsite.  

Whichever presentation you, the Facilitator, or group first choose to engage with, commence your work using the introduction by Elizabeth Davis rsm. Sr Elizabeth commences her presentation by recalling key moments from last month's theme, 'Presence of/with/to God'. She then introduces this second theme with an exploration of presence to Earth in three sources: the Scriptures (creation, covenant, care for Earth and God’s steadfast love, and Earth’s response), Indigenous Peoples and, finally, Recent Voices. In each of these sources we are introduced to the ideas and reflections of a number of authors which we can later follow up to further deepen our awareness of their thinking and this theme.

Once again, we offer three of many possible approaches to using resources from this theme, 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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