Place: Mary Stuart Poole Library. Use either door. The street door is probably more convenient for those who park on 3rd Street.
When: Tuesday mornings 10:00 to 11:15. Please arrive between 9:30 and 10:00 for coffee, a slight snack, and to visit. Kindly be on time so as not to enter during our prayer or disrupt the class startup. We sit down at 10:00, convene with prayer at 10:05, and adjourn promptly at 11:15 so people can keep lunch plans.
Class Schedule: February 3, 10, 17, 24. March 3, 10, 17, 24. No class March 31 (Holy Week, priests are frantic). April 7, 14, 21, 28. May 5, 12, 19, 26. We have a child at college, so if I need to cancel a session to go to some college event I will let you know. Because people’s personal and family schedules vary and change, everyone misses some sessions. No one is expected to attend all sessions. Each session stands on its own so that there’s no catching up to do if you miss. People are expected to come when they want to and miss when they can’t come, but if you’ll be absent it’s helpful if you tell us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Study. Our first two sessions will continue the Gospel according to Mark that we studied our Fall 2014 Session: one or two sessions beginning with Mark chapter 10 with Secret Mark “restored,” and we will discuss Secret Mark again to get back into form. After that, we decide as a group what to read and study. Mostly, this is not a devotional style Bible study but variation of the so-called “critical” approach used in Bible courses at "mainline church" seminaries. By the way, “critical” does not mean throwing stones, it means probing history, form, text, editing, perhaps especially trying to grasp what the author wrote and meant to say and to whom and when; and how and why the text may have been changed after being written. It’s enormous fun and always respectful and reverent.
Material. If you have a Study Bible, bring it, any translation is fine, it’s interesting to have a variety in class. If you do not have a Study Bible, that also is fine. We have a lot of them to lend out; most of ours are New Revised Standard Version.