Tag: Lent

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.

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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.

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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.)

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

 

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.

Lent 2012, Economic Justice available in print

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.

The A4 study can be downloaded here: Lent 2012 – A4

The A5 study can be downloaded here: Lent 2012 – A5

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