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Transforming Life and Faith
Gather's 2014-2015 Bible study
A new life partner, a new child, a new job, a new home: most of us recognize how our lives are changed by these experiences. In Transforming Life and Faith, we will consider how our lives and our faith journeys are transformed by the events we experience and the people we meet. In both the Old Testament and New Testament, and especially in Acts of the Apostles, we will read about people who have life-changing experiences: Paul on the road to Damascus, Moses in the wilderness of Midian, Lydia praying by a river in Macedonia, an Ethiopian man traveling from Jerusalem to Gaza. We will watch them turn to and with God as their minds, hearts, and daily lives are altered. And we will reflect on the ways we, too, have been and will be transformed and called by God to serve God's mission in the world.
About the Author
Carol Schersten LaHurd is a lifelong teacher: Red Cross swimming lessons, high school English, parish education, and, for the past 30 years, biblical studies, Islam, and interfaith relations in colleges, seminaries, the church, and the wider community. After earning degrees from Augustana College (Illinois) and the University of Chicago, she received a Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She is author of “Luke’s Vision: The People of God,” the 1998 Bible study for Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather).
Always Being Made New
What's coming up in 2015 Bible studies?
In 2015-16, Gather is offering Bible study in a different way, and we hope you like it. We will offer more Bible studies (summer, fall, winter, spring, and a devotional), and the leader guide will be included in the magazine. With this new format, we can use a variety of new writers who might not have agreed to write a nine-month study and separate leader guide.
Here is the format we're offering:
Summer: Three sessions (June, July/August)
Fall: Three sessions (September through November)
Advent/Christmas: Short devotional (December)
Winter: Four sessions, probably a book of the Bible (January/February through April)
Spring: One session, an intergenerational lesson (May)
In the summer of 2015, Emma Crossen, Women of the ELCA's former stewardship director, is writing a three-session study on giving. The overall title and session titles are to be determined, but if you ever met Emma, you know that the study will be thoughtful and engaging. Emma recently moved to Los Angeles with her husband, Andy.
In the fall of 2015, Liv Larson Andrews, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church in the West Central neighborhood of Spokane, Washington, will write a three-session study on speed and slowness, and how the Kingdom of God moves slowly, yet we are asked to move with ever greater speed. Again, the titles are yet to be determined.
Traditionally, we have asked a scholar, often retired, to write the nine-month study. Usually this person has the time, scholarship, and freedom to travel to several Bible study introductory events. Without re-using some of our fabulous previous Bible study authors, we are finding it increasingly difficult to find new ones who have the time to write a nine-month study.
So that's what we're doing. What do you think? Do you have any ideas for us? If so, please feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and put "new Bible study idea" in the subject line.
Always Being Made New.