“Go, Learn Mercy” by Bishop Dyck #UMCGC

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You can download the study guide created for this video here: GC2016 Bishop Dyck Study Guide

Study Guide

For leaders: Allow a minimum of one hour for this study, including the 10 minute video. If there are more than 10 people in the group, divide the group into small work teams to tackle the questions and report from the group.

View the video alone or in your group. When the group has gathered, invite one member to read aloud Matthew 9:9-13. Allow 15-30 seconds for silent reflection then answer the following questions:

1. What does “mercy” mean in the context of our faith? What does it mean to show mercy to another person, such as one who has a different political affiliation? One in your church who may come of a different culture or ethnicity? One who is a Christian and who holds a different belief than you do on disciplining children? Tithing?

2. Describe an instance when someone showed you mercy. What were the circumstances? How did you feel? How did it inform your Christian faith?

3. What are some examples of mercy as demonstrated in familiar Bible stories? What distinguishes mercy from compassion, forgiveness, or tolerance? List on a board or chart paper the attributes of mercy named by group members.

4. Bishop Dyck speaks specifically to the debate in the Christian church over the status and role of members of the LGBTQ community and laments that the church has only one category of humans—that we declare “incompatible with Christian teaching.” Why do you believe that LGBTQ persons are singled out in this category?

5. In her call, a la Matthew, to “go, learn mercy,” Bishop Dyck says she does NOT want to “add to the list” of things the church calls “incompatible.” However, she does list some faults and failures in church and society that hamper our witness for Christ. What are some attributes of our church or your ministry setting that are “incompatible” with the will of God?

6. How might the practices and priorities of your congregation or ministry setting change if mercy were central to discipleship; central to new people who would be invited; or central to leadership needs? How would conflicts be resolved? How would preaching and Christian education change?

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Bishop Sally Dyck, who leads the Chicago Area of The United Methodist Church, delivered this address to the 2016 General Conference.

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