Bible Study Syllabus (Topical Series)

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This is the syllabus for the Bible study. We are currently doing a series of studies on topics that vary from week to week. The leader and organizer of the study rotates each week.

Schedule

February 11


Leader

Dave

Topic

Gender Issues: Galatians 3:28

Readings


February 18


Leader

Kristina

Topic

Humility: Micah 6:6-8, Luke 4:1-13

Readings


February 25


No Meeting

U of M Spring Break


March 3


Leader

Jim

Topic

Talking About Sex

Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 6
  • Romans 14
  • Why Won't Paul Just Say No? Purity and Sex in 1 Corinthians 6 by Mark Gravrock
  • Romans 14:1-15:7--Unity in the Essentials, Opinions in the Non-Essentials, Charity in Everything by Susan Miller
  • Can We Talk? Theological Ethics and Sexuality by James F. Keenan, SJ.


March 10


Leader

Deborah

Topic

Keeping the Sabbath

Readings

  • Keeping Sabbath, Chapter 6 from "Keeping our Faith" by Dorothy C. Bass
  • The Sabbath Opens Creation for Its True Future, Chapter 4 from "Receiving the Day" by Dorothy C. Bass


March 17


Leader

Olivia

Topic

Gender and Sexuality

Readings

  • Sexuality and Culture, Chapter 6 from "Sexuality and Holy Longing" by Lisa McMinn
  • [optional] Sleeping Alone, Chapter 3 from "Sexuality and Holy Longing" by Lisa McMinn


March 24


Leader

Lauren

Topic

Beauty

Readings

The first "reading" will be a program on NPR's Speaking of Faith. Krista Tippett interviews John O'Donohue, an Irish poet on "The Inner Landscape of Beauty." You can listen to the program by downloading it or streaming it here http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/john_odonahue/index.shtml. If you don't have time to listen to it, you could read the transcript. SOFs websites are pretty awesome, with lots of extra information and pictures.

The second reading is "How Beauty Will Save the World: William Blake's Prophetic Vision" by Susanne Sklar, Spiritus 7 (2007): 30-39. I'll send it out by email. I found some things difficult to understand in the article, but other things very thought-provoking. I hope it will be worth our time. You might want to google some of the poetry talked about in the article. Blake's poetry is mostly in the public sector.

The Bible Reading is Psalm 27.

March 31


Leader

Matt

Topic

TBD

Readings

TBD


April 7


Leader

Deborah

Topic

Women in Ministry

Readings

TBD


April 14


Leader

Adam

Topic

TBD

Readings

TBD