A taste of this year's (2017) Thinking Scripture event

We decided to vary our approach for Thinking Scripture this year, taking a theme, ‘God in the Bible’, rather than our usual single book. We began with a shortened course, a long weekend in mid-July and followed this up with a week in October.

 Sr Margaret teaching Fr Dixie
 

Sr Margaret introduced the theme, emphasising the development of the understanding of God through the Old Testament.

Fr Dixie gave two sessions on Exodus 3, exploring the names of God, and the idea of the revelation of God, as well as the use of sources by historians. Sr Margaret discussed the monotheism presented by Isaiah chapters 40-55, known to scholars as ‘Second Isaiah’.

Geoffrey Turner

Dr Geoffrey Turner explored different ideas about God in the Psalms, and compared various translations of the 23rd Psalm. For the New Testament, Fr Dixie looked at the historical background to St John’s presentation of God and Christ and then focused especially using the vine imagery of Chapter 15, while Geoffrey explored on the Christology of Colossians.

As always, we included a cultural element, with a musical meditation presented by Geoffrey, including settings of the Psalms by Bach, Allegri and Arvo Pärt.

Participants in June were also treated to a concert during the social evening by pianist and participant Haydn Lee, and were able to watch the Wimbledon final on the big screen, as well as enjoying together the film version of Don Camillo.

Thinking Scripture

In September we watched The Long Journey, a moving documentary about a Community of Austrian Franciscan Sisters who had to close their convent.

We also made the most of the local area, with participants visiting Cartmel and the Lakes, and a small group enjoying a longer walk in the lovely and little known Rusland Valley, a hidden gem on our doorstep.

 Rusland Valley  Rusland Valley
Rusland Valley

The group were also free to participate, of course, in daily Office and Mass. Thank you to Fr John W., Fr John M. and Fr Dixie for presiding and preaching at these.

Next year’s courses, two full weeks as usual, will be on the theme of Wisdom Literature.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

The dates are 2nd-9th June and 22nd-29th September 2018.

Please contact SR MARGARET if you think you would find this course interesting.