Week of June 21, 2020: The Necessary Discomfort of Peace (Ages 11-18)

Updated: Jul 2

Faith To Go Podcast: The Necessary Discomfort of Peace w/ Maya Little-Saña

Hosted by the Faith To Go team in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, David Tremaine and Charlette Preslar, and joined the each week by a special guest, the Faith To Go Podcast highlights themes from the Sunday Gospel reading for you to take into your faith discussions and reflections throughout the week.

Reads: Schools, Workplaces Brace for Uncomfortable Conversations



1) Do you know of any conversations about race happening in your schools or school districts?

2) Who is leading conversations about race in your schools or communities?

3) What have you learned in the last month about race and racism in your community and the nation?

4) If you don't feel that there are enough conversations happening or enough resources available for learning about race, who could you speak to about the need for more of these?

5) What are some actions you can take to learn more about issues of race and justice?

Views and Qs: Let's Get Uncomfortable

Watch this video together and then use the discussion questions below to reflect as a family.

Discussion Questions:

1) What topics make you uncomfortable? 2) Why is it important to have uncomfortable conversations about race?

3) How many different cultures and races are represented in your school? Why do you think this is? 4) What examples of implicit bias do you see in your school or community? 5) Do you see any implicit biases inside of yourself?

Feast and Faith: Leaning Into The Tension

For this week's dinner discussion we will focus on Jesus' teaching to his disciples that he has come not to bring peace but a sword, and to set people against one another.

Prayer -

O God life: Deliver us from the spirit of sloth, idle talk, faint-heartedness, and lust for power; and grant unto us, your servants, a spirit of integrity, humility, patience, and love. Sovereign God, grant us the ability to see our own faults and not to judge another's; for you are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen.

(Daily Prayer for All Seasons, pg. 79)

Discussion -

This week are reflecting on Jesus' teaching to his disciples that when they go out to preach the Good News of the Kingdom of Heaven they will be met with resistance, and that the most resistance will come within their closest relationships with the members of their families:

Questions -

1) What topics are challenging for different members of your family to talk about with one another?

2) Do you talk to one another and to other members of your extended family about race? If so, what are those conversations like? If not, why not?

3) Recently we have heard the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color say that people being silent about race leads to its continuation. What conversations are you feeling compelled to have about race?

4) What does Jesus' teaching that he has come to "set a man against his father,

and a daughter against her mother" mean to you in today's context?

5) Have painful and uncomfortable conversations with loved ones ever led to new depth in relationship with them? What are those relationships like today?

Final Nugget - In these last weeks we have seen a movement across the country in response to the murder of George Floyd and other black Americans in recent weeks calling for systemic change and justice. What do you see as your part in that change? What conversations are you called to have? How are you being called into discomfort?

Stay and Pray: A Devotion for Families at the Close of the Day Each week we feature a way for your family to reflect and pray together. For families with older children this is an at home liturgy for your family to participate in together. It is a daily devotion for families adapted from The Book of Common Prayer.

Before you begin, take a few moments to decide who will read the scripture reading and who will read the collect and closing.

Read the Psalm and Lord's Prayer in unison.

After a moment of silence, begin with the Psalm.

Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17

(read in unison)

1 Bow down your ear, O Lord, and answer me, *

for I am poor and in misery.

2 Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful; *

save your servant who puts his trust in you.

3 Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God; *

I call upon you all the day long.

4 Gladden the soul of your servant, *

for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, *

and great is your love toward all who call upon you.

6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer, *

and attend to the voice of my supplications.

7 In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, *

for you will answer me.

8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord, *

nor anything like your works.

9 All nations you have made will come and worship you, O Lord, *

and glorify your Name.

10 For you are great;

you do wondrous things; *

and you alone are God.

16 Turn to me and have mercy upon me; *

give your strength to your servant;

and save the child of your handmaid.

17 Show me a sign of your favor,

so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; *

because you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.


(read by assigned person)

Matthew 10:24-39

Jesus said to the twelve disciples, “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!

“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

For I have come to set a man against his father,

and a daughter against her mother,

and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;

and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”

Prayers for Ourselves and For Others (take this time to each offer one person/event that you would like to hold in prayer as well as one thing you are thankful for)

Dear God, tonight I ask your prayers for.......

and I give you thanks for ..........


The Lord’s Prayer

(read in unison)

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever.


The Collect

(read by assigned person)

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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