We gather each Sunday at 9:30 for Christian Formation groups before our worship. Below are our fall 2017 groups:
What Is The Bible?
Kevin Seidel, Debby Prum, Mark Anderson
Sept. 3 – Oct. 15 | Oct. 22–Dec. 10
Whether you’re new to the Bible, a steady devotional reader, a disillusioned ex-reader, an expert academic reader, or just not sure what to make of the Bible anymore, this class is for you. The more of us who come from different stages of life and faith, wherever we are in our relationship to the Bible, the better the class will be. The premise of the class is that paying closer attention to what the Bible actually is (rather than what we think it should be) can help us become more confident, curious, and excited about reading the Bible on our own and with one another. We’ll spend some time learning about the manuscript and translation history of the Bible, as well as its historical and literary contexts, but we’ll spend most of our time in small-group discussions, lingering over the details of one short passage of scripture, a different passage every week. And this will be surprisingly fun. You don’t have to come to every class. You don’t have to do the recommended reading (usually just one or two chapters of the Bible a week, plus a podcast or video). But if you do the reading and do come regularly, you’ll likely (1) become better friends with a few more people at All Souls, (2) gain a better understanding of the Bible as a whole, (3) come away thinking that Bible stories are way more interesting than you thought, and (4) be more hopeful about hearing the scriptures as God’s word for us today.
Deep Calls to Deep: Life in the Spirit
Oct. 22–Dec. 10
Our group will be ruminating on 6 Scripture passages that prominently portray the Holy Spirit—God’s presence in us. To wrestle with these passages, we’ll consider what various facets of living in the Spirit look like, exploring questions about how the Holy Spirit intimately comforts, empowers, surprises, challenges, and disrupts us. Along the way, we’ll be consulting some wisdom from across the Christian heritage about how Christians have understood the Holy Spirit at work in the world, in the church, in the believer, and in the Divine Life.