Facilitators Guide: Contemplative Seeing
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

We begin Segment Four in this Holy Week and in this time of continuing global vulnerability with the first of our ‘Integrated’ themes —'Contemplative Seeing’.

As this is 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 reminds us that ‘We set out on this journey to shape new words, new images, new language, new theology, and new spirituality to enable us to find the energy we need to be Sisters of Mercy and people of mercy in our world so “in need of God’s compassion and Mercy”. She invites us to share our voices in regional gatherings organised for 25-27 May where we will ‘reflect further on integration in our continued global conversations, cherishing the diversity and wisdoms among us’.

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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