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This study reviews the promises of the Baptismal Covenant, the steps of the Way of Love, and offers tools from human rights work to answer this question. Together, participants will discuss, share, and learn from one another. By applying these principles as volunteers, professionals, and faith communities, we can live out our call as disciples of Christ.
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In this introductory session, we will be covering a step on the Way of Love: “Learn.” We will be learning about the basics of human rights, and how they connect with both faith and action on the Way of Love.
Together, participants will be introduced to human rights–what they are and where they come from–and discuss ways they can use these ideas to live out their faith.
Worship, Rest, pray
Continue in the apostles teaching and fellowship, the breaking of bread and the prayers
In this session, you will be covering three steps on the Way of Love. For “Worship”, “Rest” and “Pray” we will be discussing the Baptismal Promise to “Continue in the apostles teaching and fellowship, the breaking of bread and the prayers”.
Together, participants will be introduced to human rights–what they are and where they come from–and discuss ways they can use these ideas to live out their faith. We will examine the communal nature of our commitment to human rights as an expression of our commitment to God.
Persevere in resisting evil, repent and return to the Lord
On the Way of Love, we Turn, pause to listen, and chose to follow Jesus. Choosing to turn toward Jesus means we are also turning away from that which prevents us from following: sin, violence, harming God’s people and God’s creation. In Baptism, we promise to turn, to “Persevere in resisting evil, repent and return to the Lord.”
Together, you will explore concrete ways sin can harm others and develop ways to truly repent, not just seeking forgiveness, but changing the sinful behaviors and structures which harm others and ourselves.
Proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ
We know our God is loving, life-giving, and liberating, and we are called to share that Good News, and be a blessing to others. The Baptismal Promise to “Proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ” calls us not only to words but also to action.
Liberation Theology explores the connection between the blessing of liberation and God’s concern for the poor and oppressed. Together, participants will become familiar with basic tenets of Liberation Theology and discuss ways to use these ideas to be a blessing to others.
Seek and serve christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself
We are called by God, to Go out into the world, to cross boundaries and to love all our neighbors. The Baptismal Promise to “Seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself,” compels us not only to Go, but to have our hearts transformed by meeting Christ in all people.
The human rights principles of equality and non-discrimination will assist us, as we try more fully to live into this promise, and see where we may be falling short. Together, we will discuss ways to ensure that we exclude no one from our work or in our lives.
Strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being
In this session, you will be discussing ways we can “Bless” others and the the Baptismal Promise to “Strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being”. Jesus reached out and healed and blessed others, and called his disciples to do the same. Striving for God’s Kingdom requires that we respect the dignity of each person. The rights-based approach gives us tools to make sure we are doing so.
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