by The Rev. George Glazier
During the 3rd to 6th centuries in the deserts of Egypt, Syria, Palestine, and Arabia, a movement of spiritual seekers was happening. Christian monasticism was beginning to flower. Some of these men and women lived as hermits while others lived in communities. Either way they learned from the silence, from the desert, from the intentional time with God and sometimes from each other. This story comes from that time and speaks to something implied in our story from Exodus today. (more…)
by Karl Stevens
In the 5th century, one of Christianity’s strangest saints became famous in Syria. His name was Simeon, and his fame derived from his decision to spend his life standing on top of a pillar. People began to come to him to learn spiritual wisdom and marvel at his asceticism. But they also came to him to settle land disputes, because he had proven himself so indifferent to worldly affairs that they knew he’d be an entirely impartial judge. This may seem like a strange beginning to a blog post about Moses, but Moses and Simeon Stylites held this in common – they were strange, and because of their strangeness people trusted and listened to them.
In this episode, Karl Stevens (the priest) and Daniel Bogard (the rabbi) introduce Chevruta scripture study by looking at “The Oven of Acknai,” a story from the Babylonian Talmud. A link to the podcast is below, and the podcast is available through the iTunes Store and other fine podcast suppliers. The text of the story is below the podcast feed.
Simply put, it is a good thing when Christians read scripture together. The “Exodus Year,” therefore, presents a lot of exciting opportunities for our communities in Southern Ohio. The strength of the program (as it was when it was first done at St. George’s with Mark’s Gospel and then with Exodus), is in its ubiquity and flexibility. In other words, the biblical text is being talked about in every gathering at church including business meetings but at the same time you or your group can move at your own pace. (more…)
This past Sunday, Saint Timothy’s had the privilege and joy of hearing from one of the nation’s foremost Biblical Scholars, Walter Brueggemann, who both preached and led an adult forum. They’ve very kindly offered to share Brueggemann’s wisdom with the rest of the diocese. David Dreisbach took video of both sermon and forum, and you can watch them below. (more…)
I asked preachers from all over the diocese to send me the sermons they used to kick-off the Exodus Big Read, and they responded magnificently. Here’s a small portion of the collective wisdom of the diocese, with links to the full text of the sermons. (more…)
We’re so pleased to welcome Rabbi Daniel Bogard as the Big Read’s Rabbi in Residence! His participation comes about due to the good work of The Rev. Manoj Zacharia and Christ Church Cathedral. The idea of inviting Daniel to be our Rabbi in Residence emerged from a Co-Create the Cathedral initiative, and his presence is supported by both the Diocese of Southern Ohio and the Cathedral. Daniel will be joining us at Diocesan Convention and at the Capstone Event with Terence Fretheim in April. He will be blogging (and maybe even podcasting) regularly on this site. And, he’ll be available for Sunday morning Adult Forums at parishes throughout the diocese. To contact Daniel, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll put you in touch with him. (more…)
Rachel Wheeler, in her article “Charlottesville, Exodus, and the Politics of Nostalgia,” brilliantly delineates how our understanding of the Exodus story effects our responses to racism and injustice. She writes:
The mythic narrative of Exodus has long anchored American identities. The American Dream is a variant of the Exodus narrative. Americans from the Puritans to enslaved African-Americans, to Bruce Springsteen and Jerry Falwell have peered through Exodus-colored glasses to interpret their lives and their country. Why, then, have they seen such different things? Largely because so many white Christian Americans view their country as Canaan, while Americans of color find themselves not there yet, or even still in Egypt.
Thanks to Anne Reed for bringing this article, part of Religion & Politics “The State of the Union Project,” to my attention. Follow this link to read the whole article.