Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Message from Lois Leader, High School Teacher

We have needed to do a lot of discussion amongst each other during recent events. I’ve been impressed with the caliber of the discussions we’ve had in our meetings and in our classrooms. A while back I found a list of tips for respectful discussion and saved it for future reference. As we head into PC’s future, and the discussions I’m sure we’ll be having from here, I thought I’d share this list with you.

1 Peter 3:13 - 17
Tips for Faithful and Respectful Discussion

  • Realize that the Holy Spirit is present and active in the conversation and remember that each participant is a bearer of the image of God.
  • Listen respectfully and carefully to others. You may not hear if you judge too quickly.
  • State what you think you heard someone say and ask for clarification before responding, in an effort to make sure you understand each other.
  • Speak for yourself, rather than as a member of a group.  Use “I” statements rather than “You” statements.
  • Look for and lift up points of agreement as well as disagreement.
  • Pray for God’s grace to listen attentively, to speak clearly and to remain open to the vision God holds for all of us.

Good News Version
13 Who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for doing what is right, how happy you are! Do not be afraid of anyone, and do not worry. 15 But have reverence for Christ in your hearts, and honor him as Lord. Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you, 16 but do it with gentleness and respect. Keep your conscience clear, so that when you are insulted, those who speak evil of your good conduct as followers of Christ will become ashamed of what they say. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if this should be God's will, than for doing evil.

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