The Shout Participant Book

Finding the Prophetic Voice in Unexpected Places

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The Shout Participant Book
Paperback ISBN: 9781501816239
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Published May 2016

Shout loudly; don't hold back; raise your voice like a trumpet!

The Shout is rooted in the first words of Isaiah 58: "Shout loudly; don't hold back; raise your voice like a trumpet!" In the prophet’s shout, Isaiah explains to the people that their religious rituals are not enough to make their voices heard by God.God is frustrated with their inconsistency as they seek God’s attention while mistreating those around them. In these words, the searching heart of many within the millennial generation finds a home. Here there is the opportunity to recognize that God stands with the community, feeling the same anger and frustration that many feel when injustice prevails and the church is distant from those who suffer.

The Shout invites participants to learn to hear God's voice among those within the community, which often emerges as a prophetic "shout!" akin to Isaiah 58. This interactive, video-based curriculum engages individual perspectives (Whispers), group responses (Shouts), and community action (Echoes). It has six sessions, with each session focused on a question rooted in the directives of Isaiah 58. The curriculum offers a framework for small group discussions, in which participants explore their own answers after first hearing the perspectives of artists and creative thinkers. Participants are encouraged to venture into their community to listen for unheard prophetic voices and to help these voices be heard. This study challenges readers and leaders to echo the shout by finding ways to take action in collaboration with their community.


About the Author

Hannah Adair Bonner

The Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner is the Curator of The Shout, a community that seeks to reimagine open the microphone to the prophetic voices outside the walls of the church. Bonner hails from Philadelphia, holds a Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School and is an Ordained Elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Bonner is a respected speaker, justice advocate, and an integral part of the UMC LEAD leadership team, which produces the UMC LEAD blog and the yearly LEAD event.