2014 BACI Lent Course Announced

For Lent 2014 BACI is offering a themed biblical study which looks at the relationship the church and culture. Like the previous three years’ studies, this study has five weeks which use Old and New Testament readings. The material will shortly be available on this website.  In the meantime, a sample cover and the introduction are available here or in the Lent 2014 tab above.


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.

BACI Launches 2012 Lent Study

The Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland launched its 2012 Lent Study in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute on Wednesday (February 9). The five–week Bible study resource focuses on the theme of “Economic Justice”. Week by week, selected passages are given along with short commentaries, suggestions for further reading and questions for group discussion.

The study was compiled and written by a team of Biblical scholars which included Revd Dr Ron Elsdon, Dr Katie Heffelfinger, Dr David Hutchinson–Edgar, Revd Dr Virginia Kennerley, Revd Darren McCallig, Revd Dr William Olhausen, Dr Jason Silverman and Revd Helene Steed.

The theme was chosen so that the Church of Ireland can participate in the Anglican Communion’s “Bible in the Life of the Church” project. This project aims to discover how Anglicans worldwide read their Bibles and to begin to provide some tools that will enable a deeper engagement with scripture.

Speaking at the launch, Dr Jason Silverman urged rectors to take up the study in their parishes.

“Parishes are strongly encouraged to make use of this resource and to
send feedback to BACI. The last pages of the study include questions to enable the Church of Ireland to participate in the wider Anglican study of how the Bible is read today in the Communion,” he stated. “Those interested in the study are also encouraged to attend BACI’s upcoming day–conference on the Bible in the Church of Ireland, to be held on 21 April 2012 at CITI.”

Four members of BACI’s interim committee were in attendance, Dr. Katie Heffelfinger, Rev. Dr. Virginia Kennerley, Rev. Dr. William Olhausen, and Dr. Jason Silverman, and the event was supported by CITI’s director, Rev. Dr. Maurice Elliott.

BACI is an Anglican and Ecumenical organisation which exists to enrich and deepen the use of the Bible in the Church of Ireland by encouraging rigorous and faith–based biblical study. BACI seeks to represent and serve the entire Church of Ireland, geographically and theologically. The Archbishops of Dublin and Armagh are both honorary patrons of BACI.

The study is designed to be used for Lent 2012 but it is not year specific and may be used freely in the future. It can be downloaded for use by the Church of Ireland, churches generally, groups and individuals at http://www.bibliahibernica.wordpress.com. A limited number of printed copies are available from the National Bible Society in both Dublin and Belfast at a cost of €2.

Launch of Lent 2012 study

Launch at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute

The study can be accessed from the Lent 2012 tab above, or, the A4 format can be downloaded here and the A5 format here.

The ACC and BACI’s Lent Course

Lent in 2012 starts on 22 Feb. What are you doing?

BACI is encouraging the Church of Ireland to interact with the ACC’s Bible in the Life of the Church project. Last year’s theme, Creation, was chosen in connection with their stage 1. This year’s theme, Economic Justice, is in conjunction with their stage 2.

On the last two pages of the study (last three of the A5 format) are feedback questions for individuals and groups who use the materials. These are designed to let BACI formulate answers for how Anglicans in Ireland read the Bible, as well as to assess our materials’ usefulness. A separate file can also be downloaded here: 2012 feedback form

The A4 version of the Lent course can be downloaded above or here: Lent 2012 – A4

We hope to print copies of the A5 version shortly. In the meantime, it can be viewed here: Lent 2012 – A5

Economic Justice Lent course available!

The free, downloadable version is now available (A4, with full scripture passages).

It can be downloaded from the Lent 2012 tab above, or it may be downloaded here: Lent 2012 – A4

Please feel free to email this to anyone who may be interested. All we ask is that individuals and groups who use it send us feedback on their thoughts afterwards.

A limited number of printed, A5 versions excluding the scripture passages will be available shortly. These will also be online in the Lent 2012 tab and at the National Bible Society shops for €2.

Lent 2012 Bible Study Resource planned

BACI will be offering the CoI and other interested parishes another ACC BiLC-linked Bible study for Lent. The theme will be economic justices and the format similar to last year’s materials. Five weeks with paired OT/NT passages will be offered with introductions, notes, and group study questions. The complete materials will be available to parishes and organizers by the New Year. Keep watch here for more details. A new tab above has been added for the Lent 2012 course.

The chosen 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