More Than Bible “Study”

 

I’d like to ask reader assistance on an upcoming commitment of mine. Our parish’s faith formation director asked me to hold a Bible study aimed at parents (during children’s religious ed classes) and students. I’ve been assigned two Wednesday nights later in Lent on which we don’t have Reconciliation, Spring Break, or other Big Lent Happenings. Here is what I submitted for the bulletin and the parent e-letter:

More than Bible “Study”

A two-part series that moves beyond book knowledge about the Book.

Wednesday March 30th and April 13th

7:15-8:30PM

St Catherine Room

This series will show how to integrate mind with heart and soul in encountering the Word of God. We will explore how to apply the different styles and genres of Biblical texts to one’s own life situation: joys and sorrows, feelings and challenges. Possible topics might include, but aren’t limited to: Lectio Divina, the Sunday readings—how to prepare them and get more out of them, introducing your children to praying the Bible, what the saints have said about the Bible, and Bible resources in our parish library. Our goal? To deepen both your prayer life and cultivate a spiritual (not just academic) understanding of the Bible as we continue our Lenten journey and head into Holy Week.

Our calendar is pretty full of all sorts of topics this Lent, but they mostly seem to be geared toward head knowledge. I respect that. I even like that. But I wanted to address a different angle, rather than just give people a pair of 75-minute lecture/group discussions. I’d like the Bible to be more accessible to folks, not just with the knowledge aspect, but also the spiritual life.

When people RSVP, I will contact them in advance to find what they might be looking for at the intersection of the Bible and spirituality, and sift out specifics from there.

My questions for the commentariat: What would interest you? Do you see this as a viable alternative to the usual Bible programs? How would you refine and sharpen the presentation?

About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to More Than Bible “Study”

  1. I’d say it’s a necessary approach, whether or not it’s a “viable alternative”. At the very least, it should serve as a complement. The open-ended structure should work well for accomodating a variety of interests. Looking into the Sunday Readings as an occasion for Lectio Divina, for instance. As far as personal interest, introducting children to praying the Bible would be high on my list.

  2. Marquis says:

    Do the basics, Lectio Divia, Rosary, Catechism of the Catholic Church, Liturgy of the Hours.

    Have a great day.

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