2017 Bible Challenge

2017 Bible Challenge

Churches Share Their Stories

By the Rev. Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator



In 2013, I remember holding up my Bible-app-equipped cell phone and joining the Bishop's Bible challenge, along with many others around our diocese hoping to spend the coming year traveling through every book and chapter of the Bible. Since then, we've continued this practice of reading the Bible together.

This year, we want to celebrate and learn from each other about the many ways that people in our diocese read the Bible together. For my part, I see it as a way to share part of the joy of my work every day; I get to see the various creative, faithful and fun ways people from our diocese have found to read our sacred stories.These practices are transformative and sustaining to us as people of faith.

This year, we'll tell stories of how and why we read the Bible, and the ways in which it has changed us. We hope this will be a chance to learn from each other, to share ideas and encouragement, and to tell our Bible stories outside the walls of our churches.We are starting with St. Andrew's, Antelope, and their midweek Bible study. I first visited them about a year ago and wish I could join them every week! There's nothing particularly glamorous about the way they gather -- just a group of people around a conference table -- but they are one of the most enthusiastic groups of Bible readers I have ever met. They're brimming with energy and good humor. I wanted you all to meet them -- and now you have a chance to. 

Click here to view a short story and photo essay about St. Andrew's Bible study. Let us know what you think, and participate by sharing your own practices around Bible study on social media using #norcalbible, or by emailing me at anne@norcalepiscopal.org.

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