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New Study Project – Opening the Bible

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Holy Bible

New Study Project at St. Francis offered jointly by Pastor Bea Chun and Lucy the Rainbow Zebra

Opening the Bible – Who is this for?

This is for anyone: faithful or skeptic, new-comers or longtime Lutherans, atheists, agnostics – anyone can attend. You do not need to be a member of St. Francis or any church at all.

Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday / Sunday in August, September, and October 2017  (excepting September 17th). The classes are a mix of presentations, small group work, interactive learning, and Q and A time. The Tuesday classes cover the same material as Sundays.

Come as you can; you may attend one or several or all classes.

The Presenters

Pastor Bea Chun

Pastor Bea Chun

Pastor Bea Chun is a Lutheran pastor and teacher with degrees from Germany and the United States. She loves theological inquiry and in-depth text study.

 Lucy the Zebra

Lucy the Rainbow Zebra

Lucy is Pastor Chun’s imaginary assistant. She used to see the world in black and white, but then she discovered colors. She brings a queer perspective to the class and makes sure there is plenty of fun and mischief.

You!

You are the main ingredient! Your interest, your curiosity, your willingness to dive into all kinds of questions will make the class meaningful and enriching.

And here is the lineup

Opening the Bible: Creation and Evolution

  • Tue, Aug 8, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Sun, Aug 13, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The opening chapters of the Bible present us with two creation stories. How are they related to each other? And what about evolution?

How the Bible came to be

  • Sun, Aug 27, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Tue, Aug 29, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Bible is a collection of many books written by many authors. It took more than 1,100 years for the books to be written down and several hundred years to come together as the Bible. In what ways is the Bible the Word of God?

Why so many translations?

  • Tue, Sep, 12, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Sun, Sep 17, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The King James Version; the Living Bible; the New Revised Standard Version; the Inclusive Bible. Why are there so many different translations? And how are they different from each other? How to choose a Bible for study or devotional readings?

The Bible and Science

  • Sun, Sep 24, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Tue, Sep 26, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

How to bridge the gap between ancient scripture and modern life? What about the miracle stories in the Bible? How to relate to the mythology of the Bible?

The Bible and Violence

  • Sun, Oct 8, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Tue, Oct 10, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

What to do about the texts of violence in the Bible? What to do about the texts that portray an angry God?

How to read the Bible

  • Sun, Oct 22, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Tue, Oct 24, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

There are many ways to read the Bible: through historical-critical analysis; through text analysis; through literary analysis; there is a devotional approach to Bible reading, a liturgical approach, and there is even a Lutheran approach. We will try to present as many approaches as possible! 

I am really looking forward to these studies and hope that I will see you there! Pastor Bea