Before the Session
Facilitator: In advance of the session
- Have the Bible Background Video ready to view.
- Review today’s scripture text and the session activities to help better facilitate the discussion.
- Encourage your group to listen to the Faithelement podcast ahead of the next session (Share the link via email or social media)
Context (From the Mind Session Page)
Begin by asking:
- What are some of the more interesting Bible stories you know and who are the main characters in them?
- How many women do you include as important stories in Bible stories and why are they included?
- Without looking, think of the story of Moses. Who were some important women in his life, and how important are they to his story?
- Why do you think we tend to forget or downplay the role of some of the Bible’s women?
Content (From the Current Session Page)
Read Exodus 1:8–2:10, then watch the Bible Background Video.
Ask questions like these:
- In the earlier verses of this chapter, how do the powerful hold on to their power?
- In what ways did oppression impact the ordinary work of the midwives and how did their ordinary work become a choice for obedience or resistance to the power of Egypt?
- Where do you see resistance in this scripture?
- What can the midwives’ actions teach us about vocation, and how our vocations can be shaped by our understanding of God?
- What does this story suggest to you about the ways women can bring powerful change through their connections?
Closure (from the Media Session page)
Watch together the Prince of Egypt, “The River Lullaby” and continue by asking:
- In what ways does this clip catch some elements that the biblical narrative leaves out?
- What does this song suggest about the women who were part of Baby Moses’ story?
- What types of women are suggested in this song and where have you encountered women like this in your life?
- Why do you think congregations might sometimes favor one perspective – often the loudest – over others?
- What do we tend to lose when we limit our faith narrative to one perspective to the exclusion of others?
- What are some ways in which we can enrich our understanding of faith through hearing from all members of the faith community?
Close in prayer.