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How to Use this Toolkit

Dear Facilitator(s),

We thank you for your interest and participation in the Open Spaces project. It is our hope that the discussions you and your community see in these videos will also provide an opportunity to be and provide an Open Space for one another, so that we all may have a way to process and dialogue what we are experiencing in a way that provides listening and safety.

In the Toolkit, you should have access to two versions of Open Spaces—the first is a Discussion Version, designed to see a diverse set of responses.  The video is broken into segments headed by a question. Each question begins with the phrase: “In this season, with everything going on…” We have kept this intentionally vague to recognize that we are all going through different experiences and have different perspectives; but with this heading, we will delve into these 5 questions:

  1. What do you see happening in your Community?

  2. What do you see happening in your Church?

  3. How is it with your Soul?

  4. What hopes do you have for the Future?

  5. How have you seen, discovered, or re-discovered God?

For reference in your discussions, the speakers are in the following order: 1) Bruce, 2) Kimberly, 3) Joy, 4) Cheryl, 5) Abdel, 6) Donna.

Between each speaker is a moment to pause and discuss what has just been said, answer the question within your group, or you can watch through all answers and then share. We hope that those in your group will be able to both identify and be challenged by those they meet in the video.

The second video is a Worship Version, considerably shorter with only 2 speakers per question, as well as a Prayer Offering and a time of Baptismal Remembrance at the end. This version is designed to also be used in a Small Group, or even as part of your church’s worship service, with a runtime of approx. 30 minutes. If you would like to participate in the Remembrance, you may wish to have a bowl of water ready for your group.

Also provided in this Toolkit, you will find a file for a promotion graphic, a promotion video, and a link to a survey, so that you may share with us your comments and feedback.

As a particular note, we are aware that conversations such as these may cause some strong emotions and perhaps even triggers of what people may be experiencing now, or have experienced in the past. For those who register, we will send some additional information on being present, if these situations happen in your group. If you have any further questions, you are welcome to contact either Pastor Ian Campbell at iancampbell.fl@gmail.com or Rev. Andy Whitaker Smith at awhitakersmith@firstumc.org.

The Gulf Central Public Policy & Witness Team of the Bishop’s Anti-Racism Task Force

 

Open Spaces Promo Video - 2:39

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Open Spaces Worship Video - 27:26

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Open Spaces Discussion Video - 51:30

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Promotional Graphics & Video 

   
Open Spaces Promo Graphic Extended Promo Video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give Us Your Feedback!

We thank you for your interest and participation in the Open Spaces project. We appreciate your feedback on how the resources provided have worked in your context and how we can improve these resources for future use. Please click the link to take our brief survey.

OPEN SPACES PARTICIPANT SURVEY