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If all of humanity is created in the image of God, how should we care about the “others” in our lives?

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Equal in God's Eyes

When most of us come into contact with someone new or different, our natural human tendency is to react by withdrawing, so we have time to make our judgment. And usually, our opinion is not neutral.

Our Christian faith tradition tells us that YOU are the “Imago Dei,” Latin for “Image of God.” As human beings, created in the image of God, we are asked by God to love one another.

If we hope to live a life of love and service, can we accomplish this well if we're unable to view everyone as equals in God's eyes?


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:

“Marci the Martian”


Scripture: Love Your Neighbor

This training session includes scripture reading and discussion about what it means to love your neighbor as yourself:

Mark 12:31-31
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.

Galatians 5:14
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

James 2:8
If you keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.

Genesis 1:27
So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God, he created them.


Discussion Questions

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

In Jesus’ time, he spoke to people who had no connection to anyone outside of their very small world. Today, we can connect to almost anyone and anyplace in the whole world. So, who is our neighbor?

Why do we categorize people into groups who we won't let be "our neighbor"?

If we are all created in God’s image, why would we deny some people from joining or participating in our community?

Can you identify people who you have labeled as “others”? How can you begin to treat those people as neighbors?  

Have you ever imagined/recognized yourself as an “other” to someone else? How did that experience make you feel?

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