Author: BACI: Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland

Autumn Lecture: Engaging with the Five Marks of Mission

We are happy to announce the subject of BACI’s Autumn Lecture: The Church in the World: Engaging with the Five Marks of Mission.

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The five marks of mission have traditionally been identified by the Anglican Communion as follows:

  1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  2. To teach, baptise and nurture new believers;
  3. To respond to human need by loving service;
  4. To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation;
  5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 13 September, 2017 in the Parish Centre at Castleknock (Parishes of Castleknock and Mulhuddart with Clonsilla), 7.30 for 7.45 p.m.

A map of the Castleknock area indicating the Parish Centre is HERE.

More information will be posted as we approach the date.

Johannine ‘Gardener’ Theme Explored at 2017 Spring Lecture

In BACI’s 2017 Spring Lecture in Rathfarnham parish church (April 27), Margaret Daly-Denton explored themes from her forthcoming book, John, an Earth Bible Commentary: Supposing Him to be the Gardener (London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, July 2017). This volume in the Earth Bible Commentary Series suggests how John’s gospel might motivate and resource a Christian response to the ecological crisis.

Addressing the combined BACI and IBA audience, Margaret remarked on how aptly Mary Magdalene recognized the risen Jesus as ‘Gardener’ (John 20.15), completing his day’s work in the ‘garden’ of the Earth. The story of Jesus offers his present-day followers a paradigm with considerable potential to inspire Earth care, sustainable living, and commitment to eco-justice. The evangelist suggests that Jesus fulfils the Jewish hope for a restoration envisaged as a return of humankind to Eden.

Mindful of the garden theme, Margaret reads John’s gospel with sensitivity to the role of the more-than-human world in the narrative with particular attention to the scriptural underlay that repeatedly brings this world into the foreground. Beginning with an exploration of the memories and associations that the garden setting would have evoked for the intended audience, she then follows the gospel’s spiral path that eventually leads to the garden of Mary’s encounter with Jesus. The gospel challenges the reader with the question of how believers might undertake God’s work in today’s ecologically damaged world (John 6.28). Margaret’s insightful book also offers practical suggestions relating to the settings occupied by those who hear her passionate —  yet disciplined — challenge to share in the work of ‘Gardener’.

BACI SPRING LECTURE 2017

The Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland is delighted to announce that the BACI Spring Lecture 2017 will be given by Dr Margaret Daly-Denton. The title of the lecture is  ‘Supposing Him to be the Gardener (John 20:15) — Reading John’s Gospel  from an Ecological Perspective’. The lecture will draw upon her book John – An Earth Bible Commentary to be published by Bloomsbury/ T&T Clark in July 2017.

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Dr Margaret Daly-Denton

VENUE: Rathfarnham Parish Church and Centre, Dublin 14.

TIME: 7.30PM

DATE: 27th April 2017

Places are limited but can be secured through the BACI treasurer, Barbara Bergin: berginba@gmail.com Tel. 01-2888877.

Free entry for members – non-members €5 cover charge

Lenten Study 2017 – Official Launch by Archbishop Michael Jackson

BACI 2017 Lent Study Aims to Shine Biblical Wisdom on the Migrant Crisis

The Biblical Association of the Church of Ireland launched its 2017 Lenten Bible Study in Church House, Dublin, this afternoon (Tuesday January 24). God’s Heart for Migrants – Biblical Wisdom for a World in Turmoil has been produced by David Shepherd of TCD for BACI and comprises five Bible studies focusing on migration.

Officially launching the study, Archbishop Michael Jackson thanked BACI for taking on this important topic. The Archbishop said that the question that must be asked is, ‘Can we let the stranger become Christ to us?’ ‘Can we let poverty, alienation, homelessness and degradation, become the lens through which we can become new people in Christ and in a common humanity?’ he asked.

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The Bishop of Limerick the Right Revd Kenneth Kearon, the Archbishop of Armagh the Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, the Archbishop of Dublin the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, the editor of BACI’s 2017 Bible study Canon Dr Ginnie Kennerley, the Bishop of Tuam the Right Revd Patrick Rooke and chairperson of BACI the Revd Dr William Olhausen at the launch of BACI’s 2017 Lent study. (Photo: Lynn Glanville)

Archbishop Jackson said that ‘immigrancy’ runs throughout the Bible from Abraham to Revelation. He talked about the exclusion of people from ‘there’ rather than those from ‘here’ and said that immigration would remain an identity issue but asked if it need always remain a humanitarian issue. He said the encouragement of the study was to widen and deepen our humanity and to widen and deepen our scriptural understanding.

He thanked BACI for being the driving force in the Church of Ireland for letting the Bible speak to us and through us.

Speaking on behalf of BACI, the Revd Dr William Olhausen thanked the study’s editor, Canon Ginnie Kennerley for the tremendous work she put in in pursuit of excellence in the production on an excellent Bible study. He said this was BACI’s seventh Bible study and added that each year they seek to identify a topic that will challenge participants.

The five Bible Studies are designed to aid reflection on the lessons offered today by the migration experiences of the Jewish people: from Abram onto Canaan, Egypt and back, through the Exodus experience and the giving of the Law, to Ruth the Moabite and the challenges that faced her, and on again through the Babylonian exile to consider the perceived status of ‘pilgrims and sojourners here on earth’ common to Jews and Gentiles alike in the early Church.

Copies are available from Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin and further stockists may be advised by BACI Hon. Treasurer and Distribution Manager, Barbara Bergin (berginba@gmail.com). The copies cost €2.50. Copies are also available to download for free from the BACI website www.bibliahibernica.wordpress.com

Post text source: Peter Cheney, Church of Ireland Assistant Press Office

2017 Lenten Study — God’s Heart for Migrants: Biblical Wisdom for a World in Turmoil

I was hungry and you gave me no food… I was a stranger and you did not welcome me… Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to the least of these, you did not do it to me’ (Matthew 25:42-45).

The 2017 Lenten study is now available onlineThe title of the study is God’s Heart for Migrants: Biblical Wisdom for a World in Turmoil, authored by Dr. David Shepherd, Assistant Professor at Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin.

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The five-part study includes timely and highly engaging material examining the following areas:

  1. God’s People as Migrants: From the beginning, when Abram left Ur of the Chaldees for Canaan, the Hebrew people wandered from place to place as migrants until, led by Moses out of Egypt, they settled in the promised land.
  2. God’s Heart for Migrants: Reminding the Jewish people that on account of their own sufferings as migrants in Egypt, God requires them in the Law to love and respect the foreign migrants in their community.
  3. Ruth – a Story of Migration: The Book of Ruth offers a personal story of the hardships and dangers of migration, especially for women on their own.
  4. Ruth – a Story of Integration: Ruth is also the story of a woman who had emigrated with her husband to a strange land, only for him to die, leaving her in a quandary about how to survive alone in a foreign place. Ruth returns to her native land with her mother-in-law, living in dire circumstances until she is rescued by and wed to one of her husband’s relatives. How did she cope with living in a foreign community with changed life circumstances? What personal pressures did she have to negotiate?
  5. A Migrant People: Migration continues to be a theme throughout Jewish history, explored by prophets and historians alike. This Study looks at how their ideas feed into the teaching of Jesus in the Gospels.

‘The refugee, or immigrant, is not just someone we are called to do good to, but someone who –  like the “Samaritan” normally rejected by the Jews – turns out to be one who blesses or even saves us, as much as we save him or her. This year’s study — in reading old stories in new ways — shows that this idea of the outsider as helper/contributor is found in the Old Testament and flowering in the teaching of Jesus.’
                                                      Canon Dr. Ginnie Kennerly, BACI

The official launch of the printed booklets by Archbishop Michael Jackson will be on 24 January  2017 at 12.50pm in Church House, Dublin. Copies will be available at Church House and from Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Please check, also, with St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, and St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast for availability.

Click here for full PDF file copy of 2017 Lenten Study.

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Dr. David Shepherd, Assistant Professor, Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin

Report: Study Series on ‘Reconciliation’ in Christ Church Cathedral Crypt

Once again the Cathedral hosted the Lent Bible Studies provided by the Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland in February and March this year.

Canon Ginnie Kennerley, who edited the series, was the co-ordinator, and the contributors of the five studies, Linda Chambers, Barbara Bergin, Rev Earl Storey, Canon Paul Houston, and Rev Dr William Olhausen each attended on one of the evenings to introduce the study they had put together.

Participants were drawn from a wide range of Christian backgrounds, members not only of the cathedral congregation but of a number of other less formal church communities; and this made for prayerful discussion which was thought-provoking and which expanded every one’s Christian horizons.

The studies, which took into account Archbishop Justin Welby’s guidelines for Reconciliation, were titled ‘Power and Service’, ‘Transcending Boundaries’, ‘Reaching out to the Other’, ‘Taking Down the Walls’ and ‘Do as You would be Done by’.  The group were welcomed with hot drinks and sandwiches each evening and sat together round a large table in the crypt, joining in the discussion in a relaxed manner as they went deeper into the texts and the situations of alienation most in need of hearing “the message of reconciliation” entrusted to the Church.

BACI Spring Lecture – Finalised!

BACI Spring Lecture

Title‘Shifting Identities in a World of Historical Change: An Old Testament Quest’

Guest speaker: Professor Andrew Mayes

Date: Saturday 9 April 2016 — 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Venue:  St Matthias’ Church, Parish Centre, Church Road, Killiney. 

This promises to be an interesting and thought provoking morning which will have all sorts of implications for how we read Scripture today and for our own self-understanding as Christians.

To book or for further details please contact either William Olhausen (wolhausen@gmail.com) or Ginnie Kennerley (vkennerley@gmail.com).

Donation: €10 (including aromatic coffee); Concession: €5.

Lenten Series Follow-up Questionnaire

This year’s BACI Lent Course on the topic of ‘Reconciliation’ has been widely taken up around the Church of Ireland, north and south.

So, how did you get on with the BACI Bible Study on RECONCILIATION?

Study groups known to the BACI committee have been sent this Evaluation Sheets to help us plan for next year’s course. If you have not received a sheet, and would like to share your experience of the course, — whether as a group or as an individual — please copy and paste from the below questions, and make whatever comments you wish, emailing your reply to baci.anglican@gmail.com. Thank you!

 We’re always aiming to improve, so please let us know . . .

  1. Did the passages chosen and the suggested questions help the group become more aware of the challenge of reconciliation in different areas of personal, social and community life? Did you add questions?

 a) John 13.1-17 & Mark 10.35ff. ‘Power and Service’

b) John 4.5-26. ‘Transcending Boundaries’

c) Acts 16.6-15 & 19-21, 22 – 28. ‘Reaching out to the Other’

d) Ephesians 2.11-22. ‘Taking Down the Walls’

e) Matthew 7.1-12, I John 4.17-21. ‘Do as you would be Done by’

  1. Were the Introductions helpful?
  1. Did you use the Notes?
  1. Did you find the questions challenging enough?
  1. Did the same participants come each time? Who were they?
  1. What areas of reconciliation challenged your group most?
  1. What subject would you suggest for Lent next year?

Very many thanks! We look forward to providing you with more Lenten study materials for next year.

Lecture and Screening: ‘The Gospel According to Guy’

To celebrate the imminent publication by Rutledge of The Silents of Jesus in the Cinema (1897-1927), there is a lecture by David Shepherd following a screening of the great black and white silent film, The Gospel According to Guy (running time, 30 minutes)This is a film by Alice Guy, the world’s first female film director. A lecture by David Shepherd follows.

Date: 22 March 2016

Time: 7.00pm

Place: ISE – Loyola Institute Building, Room G6

Lecturer: David Shepherd, Loyola Institute

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Lenten Study at Christ Church Cathedral Continues!

Study topic: Reconciliation

Location: Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Time: Thursday 18th and 25th of February and 3rd, 10th and 16th March 2016 at 7pm

RECONCILIATION is the theme for the sixth series of Lenten Bible Studies offered to the Church by BACI. As the 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 titled

  1. Power and Service
  2. Transcending Boundaries
  3. Reaching out to Others
  4. Taking down the Walls
  5. Do as you would be done by

The 7pm Bible Studies will be led in the Cathedral crypt by their editor Canon Ginnie Kennerley together with psychotherapist Jim Loughran, who helped facilitate the Bible Study sessions last year. They will be joined on each occasion by the writer of that evening’s study: Feb 18th, Linda Chambers; Feb 25th, Barbara Bergin;  March 3rd, Rev Earl Story; on March 10th, Canon Paul Houston; and on March 16th, Rev. Dr William Olhausen. Light refreshments will be provided.

The booklets will be available at €2 each, or may be bought in advance from the Cathedral shop or downloaded free from www.bibliahibernica.wordpress.com.