Shaping Your Deep Gladness

A Prisms Study Guide for Small Groups

BY
JOYCE MADSEN

$14.95

Shaping Your Deep Gladness is designed for participants in a small group who have a desire to identify their gifts and passions, understand them more deply by sharing them, and as a result, shape their future. It can be used for those who want to find a way of connecting with their congregation, for those who are looking to identify a new career, for anyone at a transition in their life, or just for the experience of becoming clearer about one's individual identify.

Format is 8.5 by 11 inches, coil bound. 89 pages.
ISBN: 0-9688358-4-8

Published by the Congregational Life Centre, 2006. $14.95. Phone 780-619-0386 to order.

The Contents

Shaping Your Deep Gladness contains material to guide participants of a small group through eight sessions:

The material for the sessions is followed by forms to help participants identify their indeividual gifts, their passions, their companions on the journey, and their community opportunities.

Comments by participants

Introduction

The following sample comes from the book's Introduction.

This Study Guide is designed for participants in a small group who have a desire to identify their gifts and passions, understand them more deeply by sharing them, and as a result, shape their future. It can be used for those who want to find a way to connect with their congregation, for those who are looking to identify a new career, for anyone at a transition in their life, or just for the experience of becoming clearer about your individual identity.

The Guide is designed to be used in conjunction with Prisms, the book that we published in 2004 and updated in 2006.

We would suggest a group of between six and ten to enable everyone time to share and explore topics in depth. A Facilitator's Guide is included after the Appendices.

Each session consists of Reflection, Exploration, Questions, and Activities. We believe every small group that meets in a Christian context needs to take time to connect spiritually and to build community. The order that you choose to do these activities in is up to you, but we suggest that you make special time to "come together" before you begin the task for the particular session. We also believe you need to close your time with some kind of ritual. Lighting a candle at the beginning and then putting it out as you close can be a simple way to signify the beginning and the ending of the time.

Your time together might include:

The Sessions are designed to be completed in about 1 ½ hours, depending on the time you give to exploration. The process was created assuming that participants would do the reading and the work sheets on their own before the session, so that the time together can be totally for sharing and reflection. We would suggest that the participants use the work sheets in this Study Guide so that they have all their information in one place.

If not everyone has a copy of the Prisms book, the facilitator could provide an overview of the session topic as part of each time together.

The Guide is broken into eight sessions. These of course can be adapted to meet the needs of your group. If one topic is generating good discussion and reflection, you may want to spend more than one session on it, and you may want to combine some sessions.

A Centre

The group needs to create a centre for their time together. Some possibilities are shown in the picture, and include multi-coloured candles, a prism, and a prayer. You may also want to include a Bible, a cup and chalice, and ask the participants to contribute something that is meaningful for them. You can then create a box or a basket that is brought to each session containing all the articles for your centre.

Published in Edmonton, Alberta, by the Congregational Life Centre, 2006. ISBN: 0-9688358-4-8. $14.95

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