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SGJM: Small Group! 
Justice Ministry
is 
SGJM?
A LEARNING! 
COMMUNITY 
THAT
Reflects on & 
learns 
from action 
Applies 
learning to 
future action 
Takes 
action for 
justice 
A LEARNING! 
COMMUNIT...
Reflects on & 
learns 
from action 
Applies 
learning to 
future action 
Takes 
action for 
justice 
A LEARNING! 
COMMUNIT...
Reflects on & 
learns 
from action 
Applies 
learning to 
future action 
Takes 
action for 
justice 
A LEARNING! 
COMMUNIT...
Reflects on & 
learns 
from action 
Applies 
learning to 
future action 
Takes 
action for 
justice 
A LEARNING! 
COMMUNIT...
SGJM?
SGJM? 
1. because congregations are NOT
1. because congregations are NOT 
conveniently gathered groups of 
individuals waiting to be deployed 
by social change or...
SGJM? 
2. because congregations WANT
WANT 
BELOVED 
COMMUNITY
BELOVED 
COMMUNITY 
WITHIN and BEYOND the congregation
3. because HOW we are together 
matters as much as WHAT 
we do together
4. because 
people of 
faith long 
for BOTH
5. because faith formation is LIFE LONG
SGJM:
find the 
people
Whether or not you already know 
what issue you will address…
Cast a wide invitation to 
the congregation.
Go for a mixed group in terms of 
age, experience, race, etc.
Small groups should be 
8 to 12 in size.
GOT MORE?
Make more groups!
And then, ! 
first 
things 
first.
CCCCCCCOVVVVVVVEEEEEEENAAAAAAANTTTTTTT
CCCCCCCOVVVVVVVEEEEEEENAAAAAAANTTTTTTT
CCCCCCCOVVVVVVVEEEEEEENAAAAAAANTTTTTTT 
YES! Start there.
If you already know what issue you 
will address… 
DIVE IN!
OTHERWISE?
Discern 
Together
Discern 
Together 
To what are 
we called?
Discern 
Together 
To what are 
we called? 
What makes us come alive?
Discern 
Together 
To what are 
we called? 
Who 
are our 
neighbors? 
With whom 
can we 
partner? 
What makes us come aliv...
Discern 
Together 
To what are 
we called? 
Who 
are our 
neighbors? 
With whom 
can we 
partner? 
Resources? 
Theology? 
...
Discern 
Together 
To what are 
we called? 
Who 
are our 
neighbors? 
With whom 
can we 
partner? 
Resources? 
Theology? 
...
remember: 
The issue is not the issue.
remember: 
“If you have come here to help me, 
you are wasting our time. 
But if you have come because your 
liberation is...
remember: 
The issue is always 
liberation and transformation.
SGJM!
Practice 1. 
The great leveler across difference. E PATHY
u for each other 
u for partners 
u for ourselves 
The great leveler across difference. E PATHY
Practice 2. 
Companioning
Practice 2. 
being present
Practice 2. 
being present 
• face to face 
• in solidarity 
• growing trust • bearing witness
Practice 3.
Soul Work 
Practice 3.
Soul Work
Soul Work
Soul Work
Practice 4. 
Story 
Telling
u relate a direct Practice 4. 
experience
u relate a direct Practice 4. 
experience 
u reflect on feelings
u relate a direct Practice 4. 
experience 
u reflect on feelings 
u what metaphor, 
parable or 
scripture offers 
meani...
u relate a direct Practice 4. 
experience 
u reflect on feelings 
u what metaphor, 
parable or 
scripture offers 
meani...
Practice 5. 
Reflection
Practice 5. 
Reflection 
u What was stirred in 
me by our action?
Practice 5. 
Reflection 
u What was stirred in 
me by our action? 
u How was I [were we] 
a companion?
Practice 5. 
Reflection 
u What was stirred in 
me by our action? 
u How was I [were we] 
a companion? 
u What knowledg...
Hour 1 
Meeting Agenda
u Read Covenant Aloud 
u Short Chalice Lighting (2 min) 
u Soul Work (13 min) 
u Story Telling (20 min) 
u Group Refl...
u Business: next steps based 
on shared intention 
u Closing – extinguish chalice 
Hour 2 
Meeting Agenda
SGJM 
The increasing ability to 
u live in connection 
u make commitments beyond one’s 
self 
u enjoy one’s life 
u li...
This is a 
Production 
Developed and created by 
Hilary Allen, Meck Groot and Deborah Holder. 
We encourage you to share t...
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Small Group Justice Ministry

  1. 1. SGJM: Small Group! Justice Ministry
  2. 2. is SGJM?
  3. 3. A LEARNING! COMMUNITY THAT
  4. 4. Reflects on & learns from action Applies learning to future action Takes action for justice A LEARNING! COMMUNITY THAT
  5. 5. Reflects on & learns from action Applies learning to future action Takes action for justice A LEARNING! COMMUNITY THAT
  6. 6. Reflects on & learns from action Applies learning to future action Takes action for justice A LEARNING! COMMUNITY THAT
  7. 7. Reflects on & learns from action Applies learning to future action Takes action for justice A LEARNING! COMMUNITY THAT
  8. 8. SGJM?
  9. 9. SGJM? 1. because congregations are NOT
  10. 10. 1. because congregations are NOT conveniently gathered groups of individuals waiting to be deployed by social change organizers
  11. 11. SGJM? 2. because congregations WANT
  12. 12. WANT BELOVED COMMUNITY
  13. 13. BELOVED COMMUNITY WITHIN and BEYOND the congregation
  14. 14. 3. because HOW we are together matters as much as WHAT we do together
  15. 15. 4. because people of faith long for BOTH
  16. 16. 5. because faith formation is LIFE LONG
  17. 17. SGJM:
  18. 18. find the people
  19. 19. Whether or not you already know what issue you will address…
  20. 20. Cast a wide invitation to the congregation.
  21. 21. Go for a mixed group in terms of age, experience, race, etc.
  22. 22. Small groups should be 8 to 12 in size.
  23. 23. GOT MORE?
  24. 24. Make more groups!
  25. 25. And then, ! first things first.
  26. 26. CCCCCCCOVVVVVVVEEEEEEENAAAAAAANTTTTTTT
  27. 27. CCCCCCCOVVVVVVVEEEEEEENAAAAAAANTTTTTTT
  28. 28. CCCCCCCOVVVVVVVEEEEEEENAAAAAAANTTTTTTT YES! Start there.
  29. 29. If you already know what issue you will address… DIVE IN!
  30. 30. OTHERWISE?
  31. 31. Discern Together
  32. 32. Discern Together To what are we called?
  33. 33. Discern Together To what are we called? What makes us come alive?
  34. 34. Discern Together To what are we called? Who are our neighbors? With whom can we partner? What makes us come alive?
  35. 35. Discern Together To what are we called? Who are our neighbors? With whom can we partner? Resources? Theology? What makes us come alive?
  36. 36. Discern Together To what are we called? Who are our neighbors? With whom can we partner? Resources? Theology? What makes us come alive? Impact? History?
  37. 37. remember: The issue is not the issue.
  38. 38. remember: “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” - Lilla Watson, Aboriginal activist.
  39. 39. remember: The issue is always liberation and transformation.
  40. 40. SGJM!
  41. 41. Practice 1. The great leveler across difference. E PATHY
  42. 42. u for each other u for partners u for ourselves The great leveler across difference. E PATHY
  43. 43. Practice 2. Companioning
  44. 44. Practice 2. being present
  45. 45. Practice 2. being present • face to face • in solidarity • growing trust • bearing witness
  46. 46. Practice 3.
  47. 47. Soul Work Practice 3.
  48. 48. Soul Work
  49. 49. Soul Work
  50. 50. Soul Work
  51. 51. Practice 4. Story Telling
  52. 52. u relate a direct Practice 4. experience
  53. 53. u relate a direct Practice 4. experience u reflect on feelings
  54. 54. u relate a direct Practice 4. experience u reflect on feelings u what metaphor, parable or scripture offers meaning to this story
  55. 55. u relate a direct Practice 4. experience u reflect on feelings u what metaphor, parable or scripture offers meaning to this story u name the difference this makes
  56. 56. Practice 5. Reflection
  57. 57. Practice 5. Reflection u What was stirred in me by our action?
  58. 58. Practice 5. Reflection u What was stirred in me by our action? u How was I [were we] a companion?
  59. 59. Practice 5. Reflection u What was stirred in me by our action? u How was I [were we] a companion? u What knowledge, skills or attitudes do I/we need to learn in order to grow understanding and trust?
  60. 60. Hour 1 Meeting Agenda
  61. 61. u Read Covenant Aloud u Short Chalice Lighting (2 min) u Soul Work (13 min) u Story Telling (20 min) u Group Reflection (25 min) Hour 1 Meeting Agenda
  62. 62. u Business: next steps based on shared intention u Closing – extinguish chalice Hour 2 Meeting Agenda
  63. 63. SGJM The increasing ability to u live in connection u make commitments beyond one’s self u enjoy one’s life u live with integrity in the face of frustration, failure, and loss
  64. 64. This is a Production Developed and created by Hilary Allen, Meck Groot and Deborah Holder. We encourage you to share this presentation. We give permission for you to use it toward creating Small Group Justice Ministry in your congregation or organization.

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