Special Studies

2011: Creation

The Lenten biblical study on the theme of Creation was launched on Sunday, 6 March in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin following Evensong. The speaker was Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion. EcoCongregations Ireland attended to offer their materials.

The texts for communal reflection on Creation are:

Week 1: Psalm 104 and Romans 8:12-27

Week 2: Genesis 1-2 and John 1:1-14

Week 3: Jeremiah 4: 11-31 and Revelation 21-22:5

Week 4: Mark 4:26-41 and Isaiah 40:12-34

Week 5: Ecclesiastes 3 and 2 Peter 3:1-13

The pdf can be freely downloaded here: Lent 2011

The Bishop of Cashel and Ossory, +Michael Burrows, considers this effort to be “a valuable contribution from within the Church of Ireland in response to a very important international Anglican initiative. As chair of the Anglican Affairs working group I laud the energy, learning and vision of those who have taken up this cause and gladly commend the fruits of their labours.”

The Creation materials were compiled through the gracious efforts of the following:

  • Dr. Máire Byrne
  • Dr. Margaret Daly-Denton
  • Dr. Katie Heffelfinger
  • Dr. David Hutchinson-Edgar
  • Rev. Dr. K. Virginia Kennerley
  • Rev. Darren McCallig
  • Dr. Andrew Pierce
  • Dr. Jason M. Silverman

2012: Economic Justice (Lent Version)

In association with the Anglican Consultative Council’s project, the Bible in the Life of the Church, phase 2, BACI presents this Lent course on the theme of economic justice.

The texts are:

o Week 1: Deut 15; James 2:1-17
o Week 2: Amos 6; Mark 10:17-34
o Week 3: Psalm 73; Luke 1:39-58
o Week 4: Ezek 27:1-36; Luke 6:17-38
o Week 5: Isa 58; 1 Cor 11:17-34
o Additional recommended readings: Job 29-31; Deut 24:17-22; James 5:1-6; Mark 14; Rev 18; Micah 3:5-12

Full, A4 format with scripture passages: Lent 2012 – A4

A5 Format without scripture passages: Lent 2012 – A5

The authors this year include:

Rev. Dr. Ron Elsdon
Dr. Katie Heffelfinger
Dr. David Hutchinson-Edgar
Rev. Dr. Virginia Kennerley
Rev. Darren McCallig
Rev. Dr. William Olhausen
Dr. Jason M. Silverman
Rev. Helene Steed

A feedback form is included at the back of all formats. It can also be downloaded as a separate file here: 2012 feedback form

You can help spread the word with this A5-sized flier. Even though the study is designed for 2012, it will be usable in future years as well.
Help Spread the Word!

Economic Justice Flier

Economic Justice (non-Lent Version)

The above study is also available for use outside of Lent.

Economic Justice non-Lent

Gender Justice

In association with the Anglican Consultative Council’s project, the Bible in the Life of the Church, phase 3, BACI offers a third themed Lent study — on Gender Justice. BACI’s Lent Study for 2013 is on Gender Justice. As in previous years, it consists of five weeks of paired OT/NT readings with introductions, notes, and reflection questions. To these are added additional resources and prayers.

Week One: Pushing social boundaries

  • Numbers 27:1-11; Matthew 15:21-28

Week Two: Sin, responsibility and justice

  • Genesis 38; John 8:1-11

Week Three: Gentile women in Nehemiah and Acts

  • Nehemiah 13; Acts 16:11-24

Week Four: Power, abuse, victimhood and mutuality

  • 2 Samuel 13 ; Ephesians 5: 10–13, 21–33

Week Five: Destitution, determination and inspiration

  • Ruth 1 and 4; Galatians 3:23–29

The materials are available for free download in the PDF form here. (Standard, A4)

There are two files designed for A5 printing for booklets. The first one is an A4 page with double size font, so it can be printed two to a page for a booklet. Alternately, a pdf printer could be used to print two on one page.

The second one is A4 with two A5 pages on each.

Within Ireland, a limited number of printed copies are also available from the Bible Society.

The materials will be formally launched in Dublin in January.

This year’s authors and editors were:

Dr. Katie Heffelfinger, Dr. David Hutchinson Edgar, Rev. Canon Dr. Ginnie Kennerley, Rev. Dr. William Olhausen, Dr. Jason Silverman, Rev. Canon Helene Steed, and Ms. Jacqui Wilkinson

One thought on “Special Studies

  1. Hello from Canada … I am also looking at the idea of greening and creation as we move into Lent … especially as Good Friday falls on Earth Day … and we are an old, small neighbourhood church that would like to plant the idea of getting out of the house and walking over to the church … using all the ecologically friendly means we have to promote the blessing of creation and the blessing of a God who creates in love and sustains us with love, through Christ Jesus. I would be ever so grateful if you could keep me in the loop of your thinking and planning. Many blessings, Patricia

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