Edmund Rice England - Presence . Compassion . Liberation

Micah Groups

A process of reflection, conversation, prayer and discernment for small groups, shaped by Micah’s threefold answer to ‘What does God require of us?’…

The Micah Conversation

The model and initial sequence of Micah reflections were developed by Mark Davis for parish and network groups. The process generates face-to-face spiritual sharing and searching and encourages personal outreach in the spirit of Blessed Edmund Rice.

We recognise

The Micah process promotes renewed understanding of ‘conversation’ and ‘holy listening’ as a way of sharing the spiritual search– a ‘graceful’ way of communicating.

It involves:

Our rich capacity for self-understanding and spiritual expression is released and facilitated when the core conditions are actualised – empathy (imaginative entering), authenticity, and ‘unconditional positive regard’.

The initial process, led by a trained facilitator, consists of 5 sessions:

From this comes agreement on future sessions and a commitment to individual compassionate action…personal steps rather than a single mission for the group. Subsequent facilitation is shared.

Micah groups in the Edmund Rice Network are committed to combining:

Spiritual Search and Compassionate Action

Currently groups meet in Altrincham (Woodeaves), Crosby (The Mount), Salford (Just Youth Centre), and Stoke St. Joseph’s College)

Our model is Blessed Edmund’s pre-1802 circle of friends in Waterford who

Examples of follow-up conversations include:

heart to heart ; forgiveness ; hope ; the faith experience of the terminally ill ; the Trinity and the New Story ;
holy moments; holy places ; communion ; wholeness; creation spirituality ; images of God ; compassion; encounter; self-giving; dreams ;
charity ; holy places ; fulfilment.

We also use…

‘What is being shared is not a set of intellectual propositions, but an experience of life and a journey of the heart’

Micah groups are a contribution to what Philip Pinto calls ‘a new way of being Church.’
There is a hunger for spirituality not doctrine, a spirituality which is open, informal, personal, uniting, relational, expressive, heart-based,
non-hierarchical, egalitarian,, compassionate, interactive, face-to-face…’little gospel communities of the heart’

‘A spiritual gathering should be no larger than the number of people who can gather round a fireside’

(Blessed John Henry Newman)

Prayer

Prayer of Thanks for Blessed Edmund Rice

O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.