On September 16, Trinity UMC in Huntsville, launched the "Daybreak in Alabama" resources, a collection of of videos and study guides addressing topics such as predatory lending, immigration, food security and others. Ten topics are covered in the initial offering to help church members grow as disciples while the church grows in capability and capacity to be witnesses in their communities.
The Daybreak in Alabama resources are created by a network of congregations throughout the state to inform people of some of the causes of poverty and what we might be able to do about those conditions. Participants create lesson plans or study guides which may be used by Sunday School classes, UMW circles, men's prayer groups or groups in the community. The lessons are designed to be compatible with the Social Principles of the Methodist Church found in the Book of Discipline.
The Daybreak in Alabama resources use a deliberative decision making practice. Specialized tools, such as a "Deliberation Map," are utilized to present possible approaches for responding to an issue. The objective is to ensure that all views are welcome at the deliberation table. During the deliberation step, participants seek common ground upon which to develop a plan of action.
The group which produces the Daybreak in Alabama program seeks writers, editors, teachers, and others interested in helping to create new resources. Interested persons should contact the Interfaith Mission Service at 256-536-2401 or email@example.com.