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Chapter 6

  • Hear and Respond

    By: Erica Blevins Nye

    PowerPoint presentation

    by Lisa Soignier


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Doctrine and Covenants 163:4

God, the Eternal Creator, weeps for the poor, displaced, mistreated, and diseased of the world because of their unnecessary suffering. Such conditions are not God’s will.

Open your ears to hear the pleading of mothers and fathers in all nations who desperately seek a future of hope for their children. Do not turn away from them. For in their welfare resides your welfare.


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Doctrine and Covenants 163:4

The earth, lovingly created as an environment for life to flourish, shudders in distress because creation’s natural and living systems are becoming exhausted from carrying the burden of human greed and conflict.

Humankind must awaken from its illusion of independence and unrestrained consumption without lasting consequences.


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Doctrine and Covenants 163:4

Let the educational and community development endeavors of the church equip people of all ages to carry the ethics of Christ’s peace into all arenas of life.

Prepare new generations of disciples to bring fresh vision to bear on the perplexing problems of poverty, disease, war, and environmental deterioration. Their contributions will be multiplied if their hearts are focused on God’s will for creation.


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“Open your ears…do not turn away”

“Who is the

greatest in

the kingdom

of heaven?”


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“Open your ears…do not turn away”

We are called to bring about the peaceable kingdom in Christ


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“Open your ears…do not turn away”

Jesus says to be great in the kingdom of heaven is to be willing to become like children.


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“Open your ears…do not turn away”

We must take in and understand the concerns in our neighborhoods and our world.


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“Open your ears…do not turn away”

The Novato California Congregation reaches out to their neighbors


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Questions:

1. Can you remember a time you joined someone who was vulnerable, at risk to yourself?

2. Vulnerable people have difficult needs. How can we overcome obstacles in our lives, our congregations, and our communities to bring ourselves to address those in need?

3. Does Jesus have a more radical claim than suggesting that the vulnerable and weak will be first in the kingdom of heaven?


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“Illusion of Independence”

Being in tune with the needs of others


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“Illusion of Independence”

  • We know the needs of our families because we are emotionally connected and invested in their welfare.

  • We need to extend our families.


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“Illusion of Independence”

  • What would it mean for your congregation to expand its “family” to the poor, diseased, and mistreated within and beyond the congregation?


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“Illusion of Independence”

What does it mean to put stumbling blocks before the vulnerable and marginalized?


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“Illusion of Independence”

Personal power should not be taken lightly.


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“Illusion of Independence”

  • Bringing fresh vision means extending our circles of family to welcome the powerless and vulnerable.

  • Priorities and practices in our lives that seem like part of ourselves may be stumbling blocks.


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Questions:

4. Have you ever added someone to your family circle who was not family?

5.Is it possible to claim a wider circle of concerns without changing your lifestyle, at least a little?

6. How is it possible to see more of the world as on a par with your family without being exhausted?


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Fresh Vision: All Ages…All Arenas

  • What would humility and solidarity with the vulnerable look like in congregations?


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Fresh Vision: All Ages…All Arenas

Younger generations are yearning for the church to be relevant to the vulnerable


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Fresh Vision: All Ages…All Arenas

How can young adults

be attracted to

congregations?

How can congregations

get involved in their

lives?


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Questions:

7. Can you think of voiceless groups in your congregation or community?

8. What kind of risks does a community take in expanding the voices that speak within it?

9. Can a community truly listen without being willing to change?


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