52 Week Study Guide Materials

Week 1: Covenant

  • Welcome to Drawing on Holy Currencies. You are joining a community of good stewards who are awesome, amazing and animated. So get some coloring pencils, markers, and/or crayons and have fun coloring the pledge card for acting on this book. Find an Accountable Person, who will commit to checking on how you are doing with your Holy Currencies and will not mind when you bother him/her with your periodic holy currencies reports. Complete the pledge card, take a photo and send it to someone who oversees stewardship ministry in your church/organization. Why? This is what it means to be part of a community: let each other knows what you are doing and invite others to help you keep your promise.

Week 2: Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

  • Here is the link to Eric’s version of the song on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkDxIk_HU64

  • Just do a search: “Praise God Eric H. F. Law” and you will find all kinds of internet locations (Amazon, iTune, CDBaby and more) where you can download the song or the whole Cycle of Blessing album.

  • Have fun singing, dancing, meditating and coloring the Praise God picture. Don’t forget to share your colorful creation on social media of our choice using #holycurrencies.\

  • For a more brainy activity, read the Introduction and Chapter 1 of Holy Currencies.

Week 3: Who are you?

  • If you need to do some research to find out the meaning or story of your name, go for it. When talking to people about your name, think of it as a way to strengthen your relationships. Who knows, you might learn something about other people’s experiences of other names.

  • Take your time with sentence completions. Do them over the period of the week. Carry the book with you everywhere you go and when you are inspired to write a sentence about who are or who you are not, write it down.

Week 4: Receiving and Giving a Gift

  • Go back to an earlier time when you give or receive a gift. These early experiences might have a strong and sometime implicit impact in how your think gift-giving and generosity.

  • Remember your accountable person? Time to give him/her a report.

  • Small Group: Week 4 is also a good time to gather the group who are acting on this book and share reflections from Week 3 and 4.

  • Reading: Chapter 2 of Holy Currencies.

Week 5: You are Beloved.

  • Read the Bible passages more than once. You can read it and then do the hair thing. Then read it again and start coloring. Then read it again and write down any words or phrase that come to you and incorporate them in the picture.

  • Remember to take a photo of your creation and share it with other Holy Currencies drawers using #holycurrenices.

Week 6: Go Exercise

  • Physical wellness is an important currency because if you are not physical well, you are not able to do much. So for this week, be conscious of your experience of physical exercise. Not guilt please. Just do it and reflect on it. Who knows? You might decide to exercise regular from this week on if you are not doing it already.

  • This might be a good week to go exercise with friends, especially those who are acting on this book.

Week 7: Sabbath and Jubilee

  • Wow! This is a heavy bible week! Don’t be overwhelmed. Read one of these texts multiple times each day. Do some coloring and write down your thoughts and inspiration. Coloring the picture may help you connect more with the texts.

  • For a full reflection on these texts, read chapter 7 of Holy Currencies.

  • Remember to post the colored picture online using #holycurrencies.

Week 8: Change?!

  • Take your time with these sentences. The goal is to explore how and when your feel safe and secure and also learn more about the conditions you need in order to consider new adventure and change.

  • Time to contact your Accountable Person to give a report.

  • Small Group: This is a good week to get your group together and share about reflections and insights on wellness and change.

Week 9: Have and Have Not

  • Don’t be afraid to be a comic book illustrator! What should happen next? Just do it? What would these characters do or say to each other?

  • Remember to take a photo once you are done and share in social media using #holycurrencies. Check out what others have done with their comic book illustration.

Week 10: Dealing with Your Fear

  • Take time with these sentences. Do a few a day. They are invitations to explore and acknowledge your patterns in dealing with anxiety and fear. The second sets of sentences are invitations to discern under what conditions can you address your fears constructively as an individual and in community.

Week 11:  Grace Margin

  • As you color the first page of this week, pay attention to what the different characters are doing in both the inclusive and exclusive communities. Apply these insights to how you answer the questions. Think about a community that you are a part of that might act in the exclusive or inclusive ways; then answer the questions again.

  • Writing a gracious invitation is the practical way of creating a grace margin for any kind of gatherings in order to maximize participations. Think of a gathering, perhaps with your group who are acting on this book, and try writing a gracious invitation. Tip: don’t be afraid to say what this gathering is NOT.

  • Learn more about the concept of the Grace Margin by reading Eric’s books, Inclusion: Making Room for Grace and Chapter 9 of Holy Currencies

  • Also, you find examples of gracious invitations in Chapters 66, 67 and 68 of Holy Currency Exchange.

  • We ask you to fold the corner of this page because we expect you to come back to this page and write many more gracious invitations. Folding corner makes it easy to find.

Week 12: Covenant for Wellness

  • You can listen to Eric sing “Open Space” on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwyYdbRMO_8

  • Have fun coloring the pictures. Feel free to add characters to it.

  • We require people to take written and driving test before they can get on the road to drive so that all the cars with people can coexist and share the road without hurting each other. In order for us to living in community without hurting each other, we also need to have some agreement upon ground rules for interactions and community. What might they be for the community of which you are a part?

  • Have fun also interviewing your friends about their understanding of respect, inclusion and support. These insights will help you name the ground rules that can become part of a covenant that you can develop with your friends.

  • Small Group: Gather your group and invite participants to share their potential covenant and insights from Week 9 and 10.

  • Time to give a report to your Accountable Person!

Week 13: Respectful Communication Guidelines

  • We are working on the video to present Respectful Communication Guidelines. As soon as we got one, we will post it here.

  • This is the community covenant we use every time we gather a group at the Kaleidoscope Institute. You can read more about it in Chapter 10 of The Bush Was Blazing But Not Consumed and Chapter 9 of Holy Currencies.

  • Have fun coloring and meditating on these guidelines. Writing down your thoughts in the chart will help you present these guidelines for future gatherings of people in your community. We ask you to fold the corner of this page because you will be revisiting this page when you present the guidelines again and again. 

Week 14: Mutual Invitation

  • We are working on the video. As soon as we got one, we will post it here.

  • When people are a circle, there is no first or last. Everyone is equal. In communication, not everyone are raised to be able to volunteer to speak. Some may need to be invited in order to enter the conversations. So, the act of invitation is essential in building inclusive community.

  • Mutual Invitation is one of the well-tested process that will guarantee inclusion of everyone in a small of 5-12 people.

  • You can read more about Mutual Invitation in Chapter 9 of The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb.

  • Small Group: Gather your small group or a new group and invite participant to share the topics listed using Mutual Invitation. Tips: details are important in your instruction. I recommend you READ the instructions and do a short demonstration like inviting people to share their favorite ice cream. 

Week 15: Passing on the Tool

  • As you color this comic strip, follow how the hammer was being passed along to different characters and how they co-create something that brings the community together.

  • What tools do you have to share?

Week 16: Pledge Card for Gracious Leadership

  • Welcome to the first pledge card of this book. Answer the questions in the first page and you will have a better idea of how to complete the pledge card.

  • Color the pledge card and you will find the completion date that you need to fill in.

  • Find an Accountable Person for this pledge card. He/she can be the same AP you have been reporting to but can be someone else. It would be fun to explain to the new AP what you are doing.

  • Make the pledge card unique and beautiful. Take a photo and send it to the person who oversees stewardship ministry in your community. If this person doesn’t know what it is, you will have the opportunity to explain to him/her what you (and your group) are doing.

  • Small group: Gather your group and work on the pledge cards together. That should be fun to find out what skills and tools the others are willing share. Remember to practice presenting the Respectful Communication Guidelines and use Mutual Invitation.

Week 17:  Turn, Turn, Turn

Week 18:  TimeBank

Week 19: Pledge Card for Time

  • Welcome to the second pledge card of this book. Answer the questions in the first page and you will have a better idea of how to complete the pledge card.

  • Color the pledge card and you will find the completion date that you need to fill in.

  • Find an Accountable Person for this pledge card. He/she can be the same AP you have been reporting to or the AP of the last pledge card but can be someone else. It would be fun to explain to the new AP what you are doing.

  • Make the pledge card unique and beautiful. Take a photo and send it to the person who oversees stewardship ministry in your community. If this person doesn’t know what it is, you will have the opportunity to explain to him/her what you (and your group) are doing.

  • Small group: Gather your group and work on the pledge cards together. Remember to practice presenting the Respectful Communication Guidelines and use Mutual Invitation.

Week 20: Blessed to Know

  • We are moving into developing your currency of relationship. You can read more about it in chapter 3 of Holy Currencies.

  • If you get to deliver the “thank you” in person, take a selfie and post it using #holycurrencies.

  • Time to give a report to the AP. 

Week 21: Martha and Mary

  • Read Luke 10:38-42 and start coloring the page. Write down your thoughts as you encounter the sentence completion. Obviously, we want to you to think about why Jesus valued Mary’s behavior. But we don’t want to put down anyone who is more like Martha. We just want to invite you to consider that relationship building such as seating around and listening to each other is as important as “doing” things for others.

  • Try the 4-step process with a friend or a stranger. It really works. You will be surprised how much you get to know about a person when you listen without judgment, asking clarifying questions and give feedback!

  • We invite you to fold the corner of this page because we want to use this relationship-building process again in the holy currency activities that follow.

Week 22: Friends of Friends

  • Do the interviews with your 5 friends in person if all possible. Tell them that you are working through this book and you are examining and learning from your network of relationships. Pace yourself; do perhaps one interview a day.

  • Read about “three degrees of influence” in Chapter 3 of Holy Currencies.

  • I want to apologize to the introverts ahead of time since this and the followings weeks will include some extroverted behaviors like calling people, making appointments, and engaging them in conversations. If you find these activities overwhelming, take some deep breaths, take a walk on your own, meditate, etc. to find your center again. You might want to talk to your AP about how to do these activities. Another option is to do these activities with a friend who is more extroverted.

Week 23: Social Wellness Network

  • Social wellness is about how your wellbeing is supported and nurtured by your relationships. So naming the persons and groups that contribute to your wellness is an important step for you to discern your own sense of wellness or in some case un-wellness.

  • Use the Gracious Invitation process to write a simple invitation for the group or persons whom you want to get to know better. The invitation can be for a lunch or dinner gathering, going to take a walk in the local garden or visit a museum. When you meet with them, remember to use the techniques for listening and asking clarifying questions to build stronger relationships. 

Week 24:  Pledge Card for Relationship

  • Answer the questions in the first page and you will have a better idea of how to complete the pledge card. Hopefully, by now you have had practice in building relationships, so what you promise to do through this pledge should be realistic and achievable.

  • Color the pledge card and you will find the completion date that you need to fill in.

  • Find an Accountable Person for this pledge card. He/she can be the same AP you have been reporting to or the AP of the last pledge card but can be someone else. It would be fun to explain to the new AP what you are doing.

  • Make the pledge card unique and beautiful. Take a photo and send it to the person who oversees stewardship ministry in your community. If this person doesn’t know what it is, you will have the opportunity to explain to him/her what you (and your group) are doing.

  • Small group: Gather your group, share experiences of the last few weeks and work on the pledge cards together. Remember to practice presenting the Respectful Communication Guidelines and use Mutual Invitation.

Week 25: Friends with Common Interests

  • This week, we invite you to find someone in church and someone outside (in your workplace, school, neighborhood, etc.) whom you think might have similar interests.

  • Use the Gracious Invitation process to write a simple invitation for the person to have coffee/tea, lunch, take a walk etc. When you meet with them, remember to use the techniques for listening and asking clarifying questions to build stronger relationships.

Week 26: Friends and Enemies

  • The second half of this week is going to be a little harder. We are inviting you to consider writing a letter or even meet with an “enemy” have a gracious conversation. If this is too scary, you can skip it but don’t skip it until you attempt to write the letter and possible a gracious invitation first.

Week 27:  Love Your Enemies/The Dialogue Song

Week 28: Imagine

  • Have fun people watching this week. Find a spot at a cafe, park bench, a window, etc., and start coloring the first page and meditate on the words.

  • Here comes the fun part; do an imaginary dialogue with one of the persons you observed. Start by saying hello and then see what happens. Post your dialogue/comic with #holycurrenices. Check out the dialogue that other fellow HC drawers came up with.

  • Small group: Gather your group, share your comic/dialogue and share experiences of the last few weeks. Remember to practice presenting the Respectful Communication Guidelines and use Mutual Invitation.

  • Time to check in with your AP. 

Week 29: Way, Truth and Life

  • Read chapter 5 of Holy Currencies to learn more about the Currency of Truth.

  • Have fun coloring the page. Feel free to add characters in the drawing. Remember to post your creation using #holycurrencies.

Week 30: Pledge Card for Truth

  • Answer the questions in the first page and you will have a better idea of how to complete the pledge card. You don’t have to figure out completely how to discern the truth about the issues you named. The following weeks’ activities will help you on this.

  • Color the pledge card and you will find the completion date that you need to fill in.

  • Find an Accountable Person for this pledge card. He/she can be the same AP you have been reporting to or the AP of the last pledge card but can be someone else. It would be fun to explain to the new AP what you are doing.

  • Make the pledge card unique and beautiful. Take a photo and send it to the person who oversees stewardship ministry in your community. If this person doesn’t know what it is, you will have the opportunity to explain to him/her what you (and your group) are doing.

  • Small group: Gather your group, share experiences of the last few weeks and work on the pledge cards together. Remember to practice presenting the Respectful Communication Guidelines and use Mutual Invitation.

Week 31: Circle and Square I

  • Discerning truth becomes more difficult when you have powerful people who insist their idea of truth is THE TRUTH, often at the expense of the powerless. We don’t have a whole truth unless we listen to the powerless first.

  • This week is about experimenting with listening to the truth on a issue beginning with the powerless. It can be as simple as seeking out the powerless, graciously inviting them to share their perspectives on the issue and then you use your listening skills from Week 21 to further encourage them to speak. When doing this with a group, remember to use Respectful Communication Guidelines and Mutual Invitation to ensure everyone is heard.

Week 32: Get to Know Someone Different

  • We are back to currency of relationship this week. Our instinct is to avoid encountering people who are different - the differences can be political affiliation, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, class, etc. So taking the courage to listen to another both in church and out in your workplace, school, or neighborhood will help you learn more holistic truth about your community.

  • It’s even more important that you use your gracious leadership skills to make this happen.

  • Listen to The Dialogue Song from Week 21 again.

  • It’s that time again: check in with your AP. 

Week 33: Circle and Square II

  • Listen to the song The Beatitude on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UImjMlFS7XM

  • Just do a search: “Cycle of Blessings Eric H. F. Law” and you will find internet locations (Amazon, iTune, CDBaby and more) where you can download the song or the whole Cycle of Blessing album.

  • Listen to the song and color the comic strip.

  • What happens when the powerful are not willing or able to hear the truth? How do we continue to know and tell the truth? One way is through community.

  • Gathering the powerless can take of form of a dialogue event, a preparation for protest, or an informal gathering of friends and share experiences of recent events in our community and nation. Remember to use Respectful Communication Guidelines and Mutual Invitation to ensure everyone is heard.

Week 34: Wind of Doctrine

  • More truth work. Read the Ephesians 4:14-16. Then start coloring the comic strip. Pause periodically and read the text again before continuing.

  • Work through the next page and create an opportunity for your friends to gather and share experiences about a puzzling and confusing issue. Remember to use Respectful Communication Guidelines and Mutual Invitation to ensure everyone is heard.

 Week 35:  The Home

  • We are moving into exploring your currency of place.

  • It can be a lot of fun to do this exercise with everyone who lives in your home. The sharing of “blessings” in each space should make for great conversations.

  • Read Chapter 11 of Holy Currencies to gain more insight on Currency of Time and Place.

 Week 36: The Church

  • Small Group: This is a great week to gather your group, if they are from the same church, to do this exercise together.

  • Some more questions to ponder together:

    • How do you share what you learned from the exercise with the rest of the church members linking the money they gave to the blessings the church spaces provides?

    • What do you do with spaces that are not being used much?

 Week 37: The Neighborhood

  • Small Group: Another great week to gather your group to do the neighborhood work.

  • Before you go out for the walk, invite the group to have a discussion on what makes a sustainable community. Consider the list in the drawing of the “Game Show.”

  • At the end of the walk, gather together and share your learning and reflection. Remember to use Respectful Communication Guidelines and Mutual Invitation to ensure everyone is heard.

 Week 38: Finding Partners for Wellness

  • Based on last week’s learning, name up to 3 places that are showing signs of wellness in the neighborhood. Have fun doing more research on these places? Your research can also be opportunities to use your excellent relationship building skills to make real connections with people who are fostering wellness in your community.

 Week 39:  Unwellness in the Neighborhood

  • Well, this week we invite you to do some research on how and why certain places in your neighborhood is not well. Demographic data and statistics are useful but don’t be afraid to go out to listen to the powerless in your neighborhood who knows the truth from their experiences. Again, use your fabulous relationship building skills to gain trust and listen.

 Week 40:  Pledge Card for Place

  • Answer the questions in the first page and you will have a better idea of how to complete the pledge card.

  • Color the pledge card and you will find the completion date that you need to fill in.

  • Find an Accountable Person for this pledge card. He/she can be the same AP you have been reporting to or the AP of the last pledge card but can be someone else. It would be fun to explain to the new AP what you are doing.

  • Make the pledge card unique and beautiful. Take a photo and send it to the person who oversees stewardship ministry in your community. If this person doesn’t know what it is, you will have the opportunity to explain to him/her what you (and your group) are doing.

  • Small group: Gather your group, share experiences of the last few weeks and work on the pledge cards together. Remember to practice presenting the Respectful Communication Guidelines and use Mutual Invitation.

  • Talk to your AP soon about the fantastic progress you have made in the currencies of Truth, Place and Wellness.

 Week 41: Spiritual Wellness

  • It’s time to breathe. In and out and in again. Do it slowly and deliberately. Do this for at least 3 minutes.

  • Write down the persons, groups and places that have contributed to your spiritual wellness. Your spiritual wellness is about your relationship with God which is tied to your relationship with yourself, others and creations.

  • Take your time with this one. Do at least 5 minutes of silence/breathing before filling in more inform and completing more sentences.

 Week 42: Gift Economy

  • What if your worth is determined by how much you give away?

  • Have fun coloring the pictures and feel free to add more characters. Take a photo of your creation and post with #holycurrencies.

  • Read Chapter 3 and 38 of Holy Currencies Exchange to learn more about “gift economy.”

 Week 43: Money to Blessings

  • Finally, we are talking about money! I hope the activities and exercises that you have been doing had prepared you now for a full exploration of money and blessings.

  • Read Chapter 12 and 13 of Holy Currencies to learn more about holy currency of money.

  • Small Group: This is a good exercise to share with your small group. It helps participants to recapture the constructive use of money.

 Week 44: More Money to Blessings

  • This is any way of learning about the “worth” of money. Money by itself have no value until we exchange it. So your decision on how to exchange the money that you have is a choice and you can always choice to use money in exchange for blessings.

  • Small Group: It would fun to share this in your small group and see if you can pull your money to do something more significant.

  • Time to check in with your AP.

 Week 45: Minimum Wage Budget

  • A lot of math this week! Do the best you can in getting everyone in your house hold to collect all the receipts. If everyone in your household is doing this book, you can do this the exercise together.

  • The second half of this week’s exercise is for you to determine what you would spend your money on if you are living on a minimum wage budget. What would you cut from your weekly spending?

  • Giving the money your safe should also be a decision for your household. Share your reflections from that last two weeks about exchanging money for blessings.

 Week 46: What’s Enough?

  • Do some research on the concept of tithing. What happens if you set aside 10% of your income right off the back of your paycheck and exchange that for blessings for others? How might that affect your weekly or monthly budget? Would you still have enough to support you and your family’s well-being?

  • What does it mean to have enough?

 Week 47:  Pledge Card for Money

  • Answer the questions in the first page and you will have a better idea of how to complete the pledge card.

  • Color the pledge card and you will find the completion date that you need to fill in.

  • Find an Accountable Person for this pledge card. He/she can be the same AP you have been reporting to or the AP of the last pledge card but can be someone else. It would be fun to explain to the new AP what you are doing.

  • Make the pledge card unique and beautiful. Take a photo and send it to the person who oversees stewardship ministry in your community.

  • Small group: Gather your group, share experiences of the last few weeks and work on the pledge cards together. Remember to practice presenting the Respectful Communication Guidelines and use Mutual Invitation.

 Week 48:  Hold a Baby

  • It may not be Christmas this week but do Christmas anyway. I couple this baby exercise with a reflection on ecological wellness because if the earth is not well, no one is well. I think a baby may have a lot to say to us about this.

 Week 49: Pledge Card for Wellness

  • Complete the charts as best you can in the first page and you will have a better idea of how to complete the pledge card.

  • Color the pledge card and you will find the completion date that you need to fill in.

  • Find an Accountable Person for this pledge card. He/she can be the same AP you have been reporting to or the AP of the last pledge card but can be someone else. It would be fun to explain to the new AP what you are doing.

  • Make the pledge card unique and beautiful. Take a photo and send it to the person who oversees stewardship ministry in your community. If this person doesn’t know what it is, you will have the opportunity to explain to him/her what you (and your group) are doing.

  • Small group: Gather your group, share experiences of the last few weeks and work on the pledge cards together. Remember to practice presenting the Respectful Communication Guidelines and use Mutual Invitation.

 Week 50: Giving and Receiving

  • Take it easy this week. Just take your time completing as many of the sentences as you can. This exercise may help you recall the giving and receiving that you have done while acting on this book.

  • What do you notice? What do you wonder about?

  • Remember to share with your AP about this and other learnings and accomplishments this past year.

 Week 51: Thanksgiving

  • You can listen to Offer to God from your downloaded music or on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz3LvCXNPZQ

  • Really take time to do this week. Thanksgiving is about remember. So remember the blessings that you have received and make a promise to continue the flow of blessings.

 Week 52: Great Job!

  • Listen to Cycle of Blessings from your downloaded music or on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrxi0uQBWkQ

  • Dance, jump, shout, sing, and/or put on a party! You have done it.

  • Then make a cycle of blessings plan for the coming year!