Because I didn’t grow up Christian, I have only the vaguest idea of what is in the Bible. And being a UU, it’s pretty easy to avoid the whole thing.
But that’s really not good enough. This is an incredibly influential and important book, whether or not I agree with everything in it or love it or dislike it, I should still know it. But how? I haven’t found any helpful study guides for liberal seeker and skeptics, although I did read John Buehrens’ Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals. It was helpful, but not complete.
I really just wanted to read the whole thing, and have someone to discuss it with. But I searched in vain for a “Liberal Bible Study Group”. That was when I was complaining to my mother, and she said “Let’s start a Mother-Daughter Bible Study!”
A brilliant notion. We are meeting monthly, discussing two books at a time. Mom even bought The Old Testament from The Great Courses series, and that is enriching our understanding as well.
It’s not always easy. I don’t find much inspiration here, yet. But I think I’m understanding it better.
I copied this quote into the front of my study Bible. So far, it’s aspirational, but I hope that if I pay close enough attention, I may feel this.
I love all the chalices this child added into this picture of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus. 🙂
Today as I stood in the hallway reminding our middle schoolers not to run and be loud in the halls during the worship service, I realized that in the three rooms behind me a kids were talking about: Patriarchy as it is seen in the stories of Women in the Bible (5th-6th grade), the Crusades and the problems of fighting over religion (3rd-4th grade), and the difference between baptism and our UU tradition of Baby Dedications (1st-2nd grade).
I really love doing this kind of work
More from that 1st-2nd grade class doing Superheroes: Bible People by Gaia Brown. One of the best parts of this curriculum is that the kids are invited to re-enact the stories using a costume box (and we have some awesome costumes that we’ve collected over the years). They really enjoy dressing up, or making their own costumes as shown in the top picture.
But last Sunday one boy was standing there not participating in the general Dress-Up frenzy. I asked if he didn’t want to be in the “play”, and he said: “No, I just don’t need a costume. I’m going to be God, and God just stands on the sidelines and doesn’t do much.”
Currently, I have the 1st-2nd grade class doing the curriculum Superheroes of the Bible by Gaia Brown. This is the second time I have used this curriculum, and it is really becoming one of my favorites. Sunday was the lesson on Solomon, and it called for a large appliance box to make Solomon’s Temple. Despite several weeks of notices in our weekly announcements asking if anyone had a box to donate, I didn’t get one. Yes- I probably should have driven to an appliance store and asked for one. But we’ve had this cardboard rocket in our nursery for a couple years, and it was barely standing leaned up in a corner. The kids enjoyed a generous quantity of duct tape and the freedom to redecorate this box – I’m not sure it ended up looking anything like the temple, but they moved their class “Arc of the Covenant” (a previous cardboard box project) into the “temple” and were quite pleased with themselves.