Weeks 11 - 20

Study Guide Materials

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.