The purpose of this curriculum is to inform and educate new members of a historic United Church of Christ congregation about the United Church of Christ and to give them the skills necessary to talk about the denomination, its culture, and its component parts. In it you will find homework for everybody to do before and after sessions, along with additional resources for facilitators. In addition, there are questions to be used as prompts for group discussion. They are meant to keep the conversation going and do not need to be addressed in order or in their entirety.
Facilitators will perhaps want to have certain tools with them. There are videos and websites that need to be accessed during the sessions, so computers and smartphones would be useful. Also, a flip chart with markers may also be of use for keeping track of topics and digressions during conversation. Each 90 minute session is divided into two 45 minute discussions. Feel free to be flexible in the time allotment and follow the flow of conversation. Obviously, it is important to respect the 90 minute time limit for each of the three sessions. However, given the possibility of conversations going short or long, feel free to adapt the length of the conversations to your own setting.
Group Discussion Format: Any large block of italicized text is meant to be read by someone in the group as a prompt for conversation or the conveying of key information. Please have someone in the group read it out loud before commencing discussion. It can, of course, be references as the discussions continue.
There are various homework requirements in this document. To have a good discussion, people need to have something to discuss! Most of them are listed at the end of the session for the upcoming session. However, before the sessions begin, there is one assignment...
This document should be assigned for participants to read before their first session.
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