Discernment Tool

Click here for the Discernment Tool for Small Group Discussions.

We use the Mutual Invitation process which emphasizes listening to one other and inviting people to share. It is a respectful conversation, not designed to change minds or persuade, but to open our hearts and help us better understand each other.

We knew we needed to create a structure for holding small group discussions on An Altar for All so we could discern together and “practice beloved community.” As Leah wrote on the front page of the May !nSpire newsletter, discernment implies listening, waiting, and seeking. It is an action, but it is not about rushing to a decision. It is about listening to God in and through one another.

Leah Rosso volunteered to organize a small committee to write our discernment tool and Jean Forster, Steve Cope and Rob Gamble were invited to participate. They created the discernment tool as a guide for our discussions on An Altar For All using the lens of our UMC quadrilateral as seen over our sanctuary doors – scripture, tradition, reason and experience.  A copy is available at the reception desk or ask to have one mailed to you.

When you read the discernment document, the process with the questions is there so you know what to expect in your small group discussion.  In the groups, we use the Mutual Invitation process which emphasizes listening to one other and inviting people to share. It is a respectful conversation, not designed to change minds or persuade, but to open our hearts and help us better understand each other.