Diversity means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. It is all about thriving as an accepting and loving community. Hmm…where might we have heard that before?
“So there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and free people, between men and women; you are all one in union with Christ Jesus.”
Galatians 3:28 GNT
As Catholics we have a duty to promote safe and diverse communities, and we are going to explore that this week.
This week’s Word of the Week video comes to us from the Key Stage Four Chaplaincy Team at The Trinity School! They are thinking all about diversity, what it means, and why it is important to our communities.
Have a think about these things in your form room now:
What are the benefits of having a diverse community?
Why should we as Catholics promote diversity?
Where in the Bible does it talk about promoting diversity/inclusion?
Today is the Memorial of Blessed Carlo Acutis. Carlo Acutis is an incredibly important person, and so even though it doesn’t link to the WotW directly, we felt it was important to celebrate! Watch the animation below to learn a bit more about him:
Let us pray…
O God , we thank you for giving us Carlo, a model of life for young people, and a message of love for all. You made him fall in love with your son Jesus, making the Eucharist his path to heaven. Look above all upon the poor, whom he loved and assisted. Grant me too, through his intercession, the grace that I need to bring Christ to the people around me. And make our joy full, raising Carlo among the saints of your Church, so that his smile shines again for us to the glory of your name. Amen.
Today we are going to think about diversity in a bit more detail. How often do we sit and make snap judgements or assumptions about people? In a diverse community there are always going to be so many different types of people, but we should never judge them. Watch the video below to think about this more:
Talk about the following questions on diversity in your forms
When is a time that you have judged someone before knowing them?
How does having different cultures in one community make that community better?
Let us pray…
O God, who created everyone in your image, we thank you for the wonderful diversity of races and cultures in this world. Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of friendship and show us your presence in those who differ from us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children. Amen.
The start of October was also the start of Black History Month. In diverse communities like ours, it is important to celebrate everyone’s heritage and history, so today we are going to watch the video below from Global Citizien.
Discuss with the person next to you the importance of Black History Month. After a few minutes share these ideas with your form.
In the video they discuss black activists like Martin Luther King Jr, can you think of any black activists in the UK? How have they inspired you?
Let us pray…
We thank you for the significance of this month. We lift up and thank you for our Black brothers and sisters who have shaped history. We thank you for the opportunity to learn and reflect particularly at this time, here and now. We pray for open hearts and minds, And spirits willing to learn and be transformed by you. May this month be a time of curiosity and sharing, Conversations and celebrations, Challenge and encouragement. Amen.
Today we are going to listen to the Gospel from Sunday’s Mass. Luke, our Apprentice Chaplain for the Trust, is going to read it to us and explain how it links to Diversity!