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The Moses story is an ancient one, generally familiar to adults in our congregations. Explain that you will explore the Moses story using a new lens. Say, in your own words:
Moses will be a case study. We will examine how Moses led through an adaptive challenge. An adaptive challenge is one that demands a community develop organizational, structural and spiritual capacities to meet a problem successfully, according to its values and purposes.
Tell them they will hear the story in four sections. After each section, they will be invited to examine how Moses is doing as a leader and what wisdom the story offers to contemporary Unitarian Universalist congregational leaders.
Invite prearranged volunteers to read aloud the first section of the story, Moses is Called to Leadership. Then, ask participants to reflect silently on these questions:
After two minutes, invite participants to turn to a partner and to share as much as they are comfortable sharing about their story. Tell participants they have four minutes for the conversation. After two minutes, remind pairs to switch speakers.
Resume the reading. After the second section, Out of Egypt, lead a whole-group conversation for about five minutes, using these questions as a guide:
Now have volunteers read aloud the third section, In the Wilderness. When they are done, invite participants to move into groups of three and take five minutes to explore this section of the story using these questions:
Re-gather the group and have volunteers read aloud the fourth section, Forming a New Society. Invite participants to reflect and comment on the way Moses leads the people through an adaptive challenge. You may wish to remind the group of the definition of an adaptive challenge by asking, "What organizational, structural and spiritual capacities did Moses' people need to develop, in order to move forward as a people?" Ask, "Why must a generation die off before the people can enter the Promised Land?"
Indicate the information found in Handout 1 and invite participants to name the dangers Moses faced. Use these questions:
Be sure to save a few minutes for these concluding discussion questions:
Ask for volunteer readers ahead of time; do not put anyone on the spot. If possible, provide the story to pre-arranged readers before the workshop.
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Last updated on Saturday, October 29, 2011.
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