Honor God’s Diversity
God calls us to honor diversity that God has created in our world by diving deep beyond just accepting diversity. When we recognize and celebrate the different gifts, abilities, and voices in all creation, we honor the diversity in the world that God has created. God embraces our differences as God created all in the image of God’s own diversity. Honoring God’s diversity helps us see those who are marginalized in our society and affirm them. Once we do this, we can work to bring those vital, diverse voices in from the margins to the center of the work God is doing in the world to listen and learn from them. In listening to marginalized voices, we can hear the Spirit in their call for all of us to work for liberation while challenging oppression. In Honor God’s Diversity, we learn to recognize and appreciate diversity as a valuable aspect of God’s creation. We are challenged to look beyond the comfort of uniformity to identify the variety of life God gives.
Youth Leader's Guide
This leader’s guide is for youth ages 11–18. It contains helpful information for the leader, including information about leading youth, background information about the practice, a note about supplies, and other helpful information for each session. There are symbols for each activity within the session that allow a leader to see at a glance the type of activity and customize each session for their group of youth. Our youth leader guide activity symbols assist the leader in accommodating both concrete- and abstract-thinking youth. Each session includes resource pages that may be copied, printed, or sent out electronically to participants. There are other helpful pieces for youth in the Congregational Guide.
Featured in the Youth Leader’s Guide:
- Celebrate and Respect God’s Diversity (Genesis 1:1–2:1)
- Center Voices from the Margins (Matthew 15:21–28)
- Work for Liberation While Challenging Oppression (Luke 6:20–31)
- Use Advantage to Overturn Inequality (Mark 10:17–31; Luke 19:1–10)
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living is a thirty-six-unit curriculum based on practices Jesus did and taught us to do as faithful followers. Written for people of all ages who wish to live out their faith, this new curriculum examines where these practices are found in the Bible and how they have been used in Christian faith then and now. To learn more about the curriculum and view a sample of each component, visit our Follow Me webpage. Watch our trailer on our YouTube channel.