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Creating a Culture of Encounter

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Creating a Culture of Encounter in the Diocese of Cleveland is adapted from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) resource, Creating a Culture of Encounter: A Guide for Joyful Missionary Disciples, which was created by the subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs under the direction of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church.

The use and adaptation of our resources are done with permission from the USCCB and specific citations from the Creating a Culture of Encounter booklet are indicated throughout our documents.

To order a copy of Creating a Culture of Encounter Booklet promulgated by the USCCB, please visit: https://store.usccb.org/ 

A Community Journeying Together

Creating a Culture of Encounter is a parish leadership formation program divided into 5 small-group sessions and 1 final processing experience. 

The purpose of this program is to form men and women in the community to engage with those on the periphery in a spirit of love and welcome, to accompany each other guided by the Holy Spirit, and to journey forward as a community of faith that bears fruit.  

The themed sessions are formed around the episode of the disciples’ walk to Emmaus found in Luke 24.  Each session challenges participants, as companions on the journey, to discern what it means to live as a missionary disciples, called to beget other disciples with a Great Commission mindset (Matthew 28).     

The encounter process in Creating a Culture of Encounter is organic and allows the Holy Spirit to take the lead. It challenges participants to step outside their comfort zones and share, in loving word and deed, the joy of faith!  As a process, it takes time and practice, but, with committed support and courageous vulnerability, it changes people and communities. We've adapted the original process a little, but the major tenets are the same:

  • Encounter and deepen a relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Discern the Holy Spirit moving through the peripheries
  • Filled with the joy of the gospel, go out and share the Kerygmatic message (in word and deed) to a world hungry for it
  • Make disciples of Jesus Christ

As missionary disciples, this is our call and commission (Matthew 28). With hearts burning, like the disciples who journeyed to Emmaus (Luke 24), let's get on the move!

Creating a Culture of Encounter Training Manual

Faith communities can use and adapt the following material in creative ways to form men and women as disicples who look outward to encounter Christ on the peripheries.  This material challenges participants to step outside of comfort zones to experience the disquieting and ennobling otherness of God.    

The Training Manual reviews: 

  • The process & methodology of Creating a Culture of Encounter
  • Theological principles for the encounter experience
  • Implementation recommendations and practices
  • Resources to use in the experience

Training Manual: Catholic Diocese of Cleveland   

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Sessions for Creating a Culture of Encounter with

Accompanying Material

Please review the following links.  The PPT presentation includes the narrative for each session in the "notes" section of each slide.  

Session 1 Presentation with Narrative

Session 1 Companion Worksheet

Session 1 Mission Journal

Session 1: Called to a Loving Encounter with Jesus in the Church

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Session 2: With Words and Actions: Do It!

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Please review the following links.  The PPT presentation includes the narrative for each session in the "notes" section of each slide.

Session 2 Presentation with Narrative

Session 2 Companion Worksheet

Session 2 Mission Journal

Please review the following links.  The PPT presentation includes the narrative for each session in the "notes" section of each slide.

Session 3 Presentation with Narrative

Session 3 Companion Worksheet

Session 3 Mission Journal

Session 3: Walking Together with Jesus

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Session 4: Bearing Fruits of New Life

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Please review the following links.  The PPT presentation includes the narrative for each session in the "notes" section of each slide.

Session 4 Presentation with Narrative

Session 4 Companion Worksheet

Session 4 Mission Journal

Please review the following links.  The PPT presentation includes the narrative for each session in the "notes" section of each slide.

Session 5 Presentation with Narrative

Session 5 Companion Worksheet

Session 5 Mission Journal

Session 5: Celebrating the Joy of Being Missionary Disciples

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