Lent 2014: Church and Culture–Available and to be Launched Shortly

As recently announced in the Church of Ireland Gazette, BACI’s fourth Lent course, on the Church and Culture, is now available for free download. It is now available from the above page, or the A4 can be accessed here and the A5 here. The study has been specifically designed to promote thoughtful discussion at parish level of Christian attitudes to our surrounding culture, whatever our specific tradition within the Church of Ireland family.

Formal Launches

The study will be formally launched in both Dublin and Belfast.  On 16th January, the Lent 2014 study will be launched with receptions in Christ Church Cathedral Dublin (6.45pm) by the Dean, the Very Reverend Dermot Dunne. On  20th January it will be launched in the northern province in Belfast Cathedral (6pm) by one of BACI’s patrons, Archbishop Richard Clarke. Printed copies of the study will be available at both launches, and all interested are most warmly welcome to attend.

Printed copies will shortly be available for purchase as well.

Launch of Lent 2013 Bible Studies

BACI patron the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson will be launching the group’s Lent 2013 Bible Study Resource on ‘Gender Justice’ on Tuesday January 15th at 7pm in the Theological Institute, Braemor Park, Dublin 6.

This set of five Bible Studies pairs passages related to this theme from the Old Testament and the New Testament each week, offering reflections, notes and questions for group discussion.  It is hoped that each one will help participants consider how these texts of scripture may challenge and inspire us today.

The particular themes for each week are as follows:

1)    Pushing social boundaries

2)    Sin, responsibility and justice

3)    Gentile women in Nehemiah and Acts

4)    Power, abuse, victimhood and mutuality

5)    Destitution, determination and inspiration

A selection of prayers on the theme and a bibliography are included for use throughout the series; also a questionnaire which participants are asked to return as requested by the ACC’s Bible in the Life of the Church project, which has asked member churches to reflect on this theme as well as on Economic Justice, which was our subject last Lent.

These materials were written and compiled for BACI by the following: Dr Katie Heffelfinger, Dr David Hutchinson Edgar, Revd Canon Dr Ginnie Kennerley, Revd  Dr William Olhausen, Dr Jason Silverman, Revd Canon Helene Steed, and Ms Jacqui Wilkinson.

It is hoped that the Bible Study Resource will also be formally launched in the northern province in the course of the same week. (Negotiations are in progress.)

Lent 2013 — Advanced Notice

Following on with BACI’s series of Bible Studies for Lent, BACI is currently preparing a study on The Bible in the Life of the Church‘s final topic, Gender Justice.

The study will follow the format of the revised Economic Justice produced for the BiLC from the Lent 2012 study: there will be five weeks of paired OT/NT readings, with introductions, notes, and study questions. This year the study will attempt to add a broader array of prompts, including relevant images and narratives related to the theme of Gender Justice and the context of the Church of Ireland. A number of BACI previous authors will again be contributing to the study, but several new authors are also participating.

Look for downloads to be available around late December/early January. If you are interested in the course and do not hear about it, remember we can be emailed at baci.anglican@gmail.com.

Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars in Amsterdam, ISBL/EABS

This year at the ISBL/EABS/SOTS Meeting in Amsterdam, AABS will again have a small event, to which all are invited. On Sunday, 22 July, members are invited to attend the 10 am Dutch Eucharist at the Old Catholic parish church, Amsterdam (Oud-Katholieke Parochie Amsterdam). This will be followed by lunch across the street (approx €15) and a talk on Lectionaries by Dr. Koenraad Ouwens at 1 pm, with attention to relations between the Old Catholic and Anglican Churches.

Bible in the Church of Ireland and AGM 2012 summary

BACI’s first event, held at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, was held on 21 April 2012. The event was attended by approximately 40 people from around Ireland.

Professor David Ford gave a talk on the Gospel of John and how it models its own interpretation. A lively discussion followed.

Professor Gordon McConville gave a talk on the Old Testament modelling re-interpretation, focusing on Kings and Isaiah.

Stephen Lyons described 9 features of an Anglican approach to the Bible which he found to be reflected in documents and statements, and related it to the Bible in the Life of the Church Project.

After lunch, a panel consisting of ++Michael Jackson, +Michael Burrows, and Prof. David Ford discussed the topics from the morning in the context of the Church of Ireland. The attendees were quite involved in discussing how things were and could be. There was widespread concern over the level of engagement generally.

The day closed with BACI’s inaugural AGM. Revd Dr William Olhausen presented the vision for BACI, and opened it up for suggestions. Revd Dr Virginia Kennerley described its projects to date. Dr Jason Silverman gave a preliminary report on the Economic Justice course.

Some officers were elected to BACI’s first formal committee, with the remit to expand their numbers to appropriate size.

Chair: Rev Dr William Olhausen
Secretary: Dr Jason Silverman
Treasurer: Ms Judith Wilkinson
Press Officer: Revd Dr Virginia Kennerley
A vice-chair and six members-at-large remain outstanding.

A constitution was adopted, with minor emendations of the draft constitution.

The new committee was authorised to open a bank account.

In the future, BACI will rework the Economic Justice study for wider Anglican use. It is also planned to hold future symposia in Belfast and in Cork.

Holy Week: Time to prepare for Easter, fill out Feedback Forms, and plan to visit Dublin.

Easter is just a week away. The Lent study has five weeks, so presumably most groups which used it have completed the study by now. We sincerely hope you find it helpful and encouraging, and we’ve received some enthusiastic responses on the Economic Justice study.  We strongly encourage all rectors, parishioners, and individuals who have used the study to fill in the short feedback form at the back of the study (also available here), and send it to us. BACI will collate and analyze the responses, which will be reported at the first BACI symposium, to the Church of Ireland, and to the ACO’s Bible in the Life of the Church project.

As has been announced in the CoI Gazette, BACI encourages people from throughout Ireland to attend our first symposium on the Bible in the Church of Ireland on 21 April 2012 at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Braemor Park, Dublin 14. The event will encourage the discussion and consideration of the way the Bible is, ought, and could be read in the Church today. Cost is only  €35 and includes tea and coffee and lunch. CoI ordinands may come for free, and students may come for only  €15. We do encourage advanced booking, so we may let CITI know lunch numbers.

The day will include the speakers Professor David Ford (Cambridge University), Professor Gordon McConville (Gloucestershire University), Stephen Lyon (Anglican Communion Office), the Most Reverend Dr Michael Jackson, and the Right Reverend Michael Burrows.  Ample time throughout the day will be devoted to discussion.

The day will end with the election of an executive committee for BACI. All interested in running are welcome to put their names forward for nominations. We hope to have the committee to be representative of the CoI, geographically, theologically, and vocationally (lay and clerical). The positions envisioned at present are those of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Press Officer, and four members-at-large.

Please spread the word and encourage all you know to come. A basic flier can be found here, and a more detailed flier here. A poster in three designs for the symposium is also available in colour, black and white, and on a white background.