DISCUSSION GUIDE Issue of January 17, 2016


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1.What is the civil rights movement? What are the rights for which these people fight?

2. What key role did Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King play in the movement?

3. Was his a message of peaceful or violent protest?

4. Can anything be accomplished through violence? Discuss.

5. As Bishop Donald J. Hying noted, what happens when people give into despair and where can we always find our greatest hope?



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1. Do you think our country needs greater gun control? Why/why not?

2. Discuss the many ways we now witness violence in our country?

3. What happens when we try to stem violence with violence in turn?

4. What is the argument against greater gun control?

5. In what ways does poverty influence violence?



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1. Do you think the faith of all peoples should be respected? Talk about it.

2. What event surrounding the French magazine Charlie Hebdo does this article refer to?

3. “…using God to justify hatred is true blasphemy.” Discuss.

4. Do you believe we have a loving God or an angry, vengeful God? Talk about it.

5. Do you think people should be able to say whatever they want, even at the cost of another’s beliefs, or do you believe there is a line that shouldn’t be crossed?



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1. Describe a time when you were able to turn an obstacle into an opportunity.

2. Bishop Hying is quotes as saying at this retreat: “The greatest enemy to a spiritual life is mediocrity.” What does the bishop mean?

3. What is relativism? Ask your teacher to explain?

4. What are the things in your life that keep you from developing your own spirituality? That keep you from your relationship with God?

5. Now that you know and love God, is there anything that could make you turn away from him? Discuss.

6. Name some simple ways you might lead others to Christ.



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1. What does the word ‘transformation’ mean? Talk about a way you have witnessed some kind of transformation in your life?

2. What do you think it means when the writer talks about God’s continual transformation of us?

3. How does it make you feel to know that the God who created us, continues to have our welfare at heart by continuing to mold and shape us?

4. Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 out loud in class. St. Paul tells us we all have special gifts. Talk about some of the talents God has blessed you with.

5. As Christians, what role – what responsibility do we hold – in helping to transform the lives of others?

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