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What intentional steps can we take in order to be a blessing to those who find themselves in places of disadvantage?

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Defining “Privilege” & “Justice”

Today, we clearly see the rich and poor, big and small, haves and have nots. There are those with “ADVANTAGE” and those who do not live an “advantaged life.” Perhaps the term “advantaged life” is difficult for some of us to hear because regardless of where each of us begins, almost all of us work hard to get where we find ourselves right now. 

But starting one step ahead creates an advantage. For some of us, that one step ahead may come with our skin color. For others it may be a legacy left or the benefit of someone else's hard work. Having advantage isn’t bad or something to be ashamed about. Rather, it comes with an important responsibility for those with much.

Will you explore these hard topics together?

 

What's included in this session?

This downloadable training session includes a video, PowerPoint presentation, a facilitator manual with instructions and discussion questions, group activities and more! Preview a video used in this training session below:

"Justice" (created by BibleProject)

 

Scripture: 2 Trees

There are two ways, two power structures at work—two kingdoms present and working every day and all the time. The Bible talks specifically about two important trees. Let’s think about the ways in which these two trees can represent two kinds of kingdoms or power structures.

This session includes reading and discussion about what it means to be a blessing versus wanting a blessing for ourselves, based around from the book of Genesis, chapter 2:

Genesis 2:8-9 — Two Trees in the Garden

"The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life, but also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil."

 

Discussion Questions

Each EM Training Session includes times of discussion among the group. Here is a sampling of a few questions included in this particular training:

If you think “privilege” is a relevant issue in the 21st century, can you give an example where you see it at work?

Is there a difference between having an advantage in life and having a privileged life? If so, what is it?

What is your definition of “justice”?

If you think the more powerful and dominant people have a stronger voice in this world, can you give an example? Do you think this should be a concern?

How do those with a stronger voice influence the way history is written and remembered?

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