Facilitators Guide: Creating Circles & Culture of Mercy
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 fourth and final theme of the fourth and final Segment, most groups will have already explored the context for Mercy Global Presence as “global” (Segment One), its spirit as “mercy” (Segment Two), and its experience as "presence" (Segment Three) so will be familiar with the process and the microsite.  For those coming new to the process, or wishing to revisit earlier themes, these Segments will remain available on 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 asks us to recall the many circles of mercy in which we have participated over the years:

  • What are the circles of mercy which you help shape today by your very presence?
  • Who joins you in these circles?
  • Whom do you invite – who invites you?
  • Do you welcome a stranger into your circle?
  • Are you invited to circles of mercy which you would never have imagined in the past?
  • In which circles, do you find healing yourself?
  • In which circles, are you a source of healing and compassion
  • Where are the circles of mercy which you share with Earth?
  • What is the newest circle in which you have been present and which has brought you much joy?

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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