Tag: Bible

Ecumenical Bible Week

8-15 June 2014 is Ecumenical Bible Week. An impressive number of events will be held during this week in Dublin and its surroundings, and they can be seen on the poster and program, or below.

One of the speakers participating in this event is BACI chair, Rev. Dr. William Olhausen.

Bible Week May 14 Poster A3 v3B Final proof

Together in One Place 6pp DL v7B(final)

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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.)

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.

Lent Feedback and Bible in the CoI Symposium

As Lent marches on, BACI is pleased by the response received so far on the Economic Justice study.  At the end of Lent 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.

Nearly Half-way through Lent

4 March already! BACI hopes you are using and finding helpful our study on Economic Justice. We strongly encourage you to take notes on your thoughts and experiences, and once Easter hits, to send us your feedback to <baci.anglican@gmail.com>. You may use the form at the back of the Lent course, or it may be downloaded separately here: 2012 feedback form

Now is also the time to start thinking about BACI’s first ever symposium on 21 April 2012, in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Braemor Park, Dublin. Professors David Ford and Gordon McConville, Mr Stephen Lyon, and CoI bishops will discuss “The Bible in the Church of Ireland.” The event will include tea, coffee, and lunch, all for   €35.

So we have an idea of lunch numbers, please feel free to book in advance <baci.anglican@gmail.com>.  Bring your friends, too, so here is a flier:

And a PDF version of the same revised symposium flier.

Ash Wednesday

Lent starts today; if you are still looking for a Bible study, check out the tab above. We have a tremendous response so far, and we look forward to hearing people’s reflections on the course and on their own hermeneutics. The last pages of the course have feedback questions which the interim committee hopes all users will return to us.

If you have already chosen your Lent course, you can still be involved with BACI. On 21 April, BACI is holding a day conference on “The Bible in the Church of Ireland” at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute in Braemor Park, Dublin 14. A flier  for the event was included in some of the printed A5 Lent booklets. Bookings and inquiries can be directed to baci.anglican@gmail.com.

Bible in the Church of Ireland
BACI’s first annual Day-Symposium

 

Thinking of Lent this Advent?

BACI’s 2012 Lent Bible study will be available in the near future. This year, the resource will be available in three formats, two electronic and one in print. PDFs of the study will be available free on this website in versions with and without the NRSV translation of the readings. For those without access to the internet, a small number of booklets without the readings will be available in the National Bible Society for € 5.00.

We encourage all lay readers and priests to organize groups for this study this lent, and to appoint “recorders” to observe and write down feedback on the group’s study. This feedback will enable the Church of Ireland to participate in the Anglican Consultative Council’s project on Anglican Biblical Hermeneutics. We hope to get feedback from the widest range of parishioners from throughout the Church of Ireland as possible. We also encourage those involved in the Methodist-Church of Ireland covenant to share their responses.

Keep an eye out for announcements in early January for the Lent course (and for the subsequent day-symposium on the Bible in the Church of Ireland).

Lent 2012 Coordination

BACI is working with the ACC to connect with their Lenten efforts with their “Bible in the Life of the Church” Project. Further information on the Lent course for 2012 on Economic Justice will be available shortly. In the meantime, check out our materials from Lent 2011 on the ACC’s theme of Creation (in the tabs above).

The Bible study materials will be available in two formats, an electronic version complete with biblical passages, and a printed version without the biblical passages added.

BACI receives episcopal patronage and gears up for next year

The working group is pleased to announce that BACI has come under the honorary patronage of the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Reverend Alan Harper and the Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough, the Most Reverend Dr. Michael Jackson.

The working group will be meeting shortly to prepare for the two big projects of early 2012. A second Lent course, on the theme of economic justice, will be available by the new year. A day conference on the Bible in the Church of Ireland will be held on 21 April at CITI. Details for both will be forthcoming.

People interested in either writing material for the Lent course or for running for a committee position at the BACI inaugural AGM are encouraged to write the working group.