Reconciliation is the theme for the sixth series of Lenten Bible studies offered to the Church by the Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland.
Its introduction explains: ‘Both the need and the hope for reconciliation — within and between churches, between cultures and continents, rich and poor, male and female, liberal and conservative — has recently captured more and more of our attention. New leadership in major churches, (Francis in Rome, Justin Welby in Canterbury, and now Michael Curry in The Episcopal Church) has offered new inspiration and increased our hope. But the work of reconciliation has to be done at the grass roots. Without us it will not come about.’
The BACI team involved hails from both North and South, and includes William Olhausen. Linda Chambers, Barbara Bergin, Earl Storey, Paul Houston and Ginnie Kennerley. The five Bible Studies, are entitled:
- Power and Service
- Transcending Boundaries
- Reaching out to Others
- Taking down the Walls
- Do as you would be done by.
BACI chair William Olhausen says, ‘We have kept things very simple: each study has an introduction, a Bible text on reconciliation, some notes and some questions – questions prompting us to consider not only the needs for reconciliation in our lives, our communities and the Church, but also the practical steps God is calling us to take.’
The studies will be available from mid–January for free download from the BACI website http://www.bibliahibernica.wordpress.com and also in printed booklet form through leading Cathedral bookshops and Church House, Dublin, at €2.50 or £2.00 with discount for quantity.They will also be available at the formal launch of the Bible study series by BACI patrons the Archbishops of Dublin and Armagh in Church House, Dublin, in mid–January.
UPDATE: The formal launch by both Archbishops will take place on Tuesday 26th Jan at 12.40pm in Church House, Dublin 6. Copies of the booklet will be available there at an advantageous discount of 10% off each purchase. Please order copies to be collected there in good time from our treasurer, Barbara Bergin firstname.lastname@example.org or 56, Avondale Court, Blackrock. Co. Dublin. As this is RB week, collection by a neighbour might be arranged if you cannot attend yourself. Copies can be bought subsequently in Church House, from The Book Well in Belfast, and from leading cathedral bookshops, at £2.00 or €2.50 per copy, with a discount for 10 copies bought together.
The studies will also be available for free download from this website from the January 26th.