Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Befriending the Bible

How the Scriptures Came to Be—and Why it Matters

Why are there four Gospels instead of one? Why are some books included in the most ancient manuscripts but excluded from the Bible as we know it today? Why were the books of the Bible written down at all? Understanding and appreciating the diversity and complexity of our sacred texts can bring a new depth to our engagement with the Bible, freeing it to become a doorway to the Divine. In this twenty-four hour retreat, we’ll discover the fascinating theological and historical origins of the collection of writings we call “The Bible,” and practice living in its inherent tension between diversity and conformity. Our time together will include presentation, discussion, group meditation, sharing, worship, and spiritual practices fostering a new connection with this ancient wisdom.

Deirdre Good, Lisa Green
Sat., Nov. 15, 3 p.m.-Sun., Nov. 16, 3 p.m.
$155 ($140 Members)
St. Marguerite’s Retreat House,
Community of St. John Baptist, Mendham

Cosponsored by Interweave and
Christ Church, Short Hills

2 comments:

Country Parson (Steven Woolley) said...

I've been through an early version of this and loved it.

Deirdre said...

You are too kind, Steve! Thanks. Will we ever forget the power cut in the middle of the morning before lunch? And how lovely it was studying the Bible by candlelight?!