Thursdays, September 19-October 24, 7 - 8:30 PM / Love Offering
As part of our Fall 70th Anniversary celebration, please join Rev. Élan as we explore this deeply moving portrait of the leader who changed the world for the better. Written by Gandhi’s grandson, Arun, who was just 12 years old and an angry young boy having difficult expressing his emotions when he was dropped off at his grandfather’s ashram. Each chapter contains a timeless lesson for today’s turbulent times – self-discovery, identity, anger, depression, loneliness, friendship, and family – ways to effect healing change in a fractured world.
The book is available for purchase.
To receive the most benefit from the book study, weekly attendance is suggested. However, each weekly class is a compete unit and may be taken separately.
September 19 Use Anger for Good (Prelude & Lesson 1)
1. Format – Book Study – practical application to our lives during these 6 weeks
a. Choose an area/issue/challenge in your life to process as we work through the book September 19-October 24, 2019
b. Rev. Elan Lambert, email@example.com
2. Study Plan
c. Preface & Lesson 1, pp. 1-34, September 19
d. Lesson 2, pp. 35-60, September 26
e. Lessons 3-4, pp. 61-104, October 3
f. Lessons 5-6, pp.105-150, October 10
g. Lessons 7-8, pp. 151-206, October 17
h. Lessons 9-10 & Epilogue, pp. 207-290, October 24
Preface Questions (pps. 1-12)
1. Who was your most important ‘mentor’ and what did you learn from them?
2. What are some of the reasons people are bullied? Why do people bully others?
How did your experiences of being bullied affect your life at that time?
How are they still affecting your life?
3. Choose an area/issue/challenge in your life to process as we work through the book
What does your anger look like? (draw it with crayons on white paper)
Lesson One “Use Anger for Good” (pgs. 13-34)
1. Gandhi responded to violence and hatred with love and forgiveness and never fell prey to the toxicity of anger.
How do we do that? How have you tried to do this? What has worked for you?
2. Create an Anger Journal –Once you understand the source, you can find a solution.
Who or what caused your feelings and why you reacted so angrily?
3. KEY = to acknowledge everyone’s point of view and to forgive is the sign of real strength
When have you not been able to let go of what someone said about you?
Watch Bishop T.D. Jakes “The Stumbling Stage” YouTube video
3. Watch Arun Video https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Gandhi+talk+on+nonviolence&&view=detail&mid=37AC4571F0C70B03688037AC4571F0C70B036880&&FORM=VRDGAR
4. How will you apply Lesson 1 “Use Anger for Good” this week?
September 26 Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up (Lesson 2)
October 3 Appreciate Solitude and Know Your Own Worth (Lessons 3 & 4)
October 10 Lies Are Clutter & Waste Is Violence (Lessons 5 & 6)
October 17 Practice Nonviolent Parenting & Humility Is Strength (Lessons 7 & 8)
October 24 Tests, Lessons & The Greatest Joy (Lessons 9, 10 & Epilogue)
Gandhi tried to show that we can achieve our goals through love and truth and that the greatest advances occur when we give up our distrust and look for strength in positivity and courage. Respect. Understanding. Acceptance. Appreciation. Compassion.
Be the change you want to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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