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.
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.
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.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 <email@example.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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Bring your friends, too, so here is a flier:
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 email@example.com.
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.
The study can be accessed from the Lent 2012 tab above, or, the A4 format can be downloaded here and the A5 format here.
BACI is pleased to announce that a limited number of the A5 format studies are now available, a small number of which are available at the National Bible Society for €2. They will also make an appearance at the Dublin diocese clergy conference next week.
The Lent study will be formally launched this coming Wednesday, 8th February at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.