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.
Adult Leader's Guide
This leader’s guide uses the Adult Reflection Guide to lead a small group study on the practice. This guide contains a summary of the practice and the four (or six) sessions, background information on the Bible study for the session, and any preparation the leader may need to do ahead of the session. There are different options of activities and discussions to choose from throughout the session. Participants are asked to read through the Adult Reflection Guide, if possible, before each session. There are other great resources for adults in the Congregational Guide.
Featured in the Adult Leader’s Guide:
- Affirm People Who Are Marginalized (Genesis 1–2)
- Center Voices from the Margins (Matthew 15:21–28)
- Work for Liberation While Challenging Oppression (Numbers 27:1–11; Luke 6:20–31)
- Use Advantages to Overturn Inequality (Mark 10:17–31, Luke 19:1–10)
In addition to the material in the Adult Leader’s Guide and the Adult Reflection Guide, there are also free videos that leaders can use as conversation starters for the unit and each session. Visit our YouTube Channel, bit.ly/FMYouTubeGFR, to see the playlist for this unit.
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.