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December 29, 2015
Thank you for a rejuvenating and vivifying NuSkool season that started in September with our Revival and Lecture Series. Your presence at NuSkool is a blessing.
Thank you for the genial willingness to remind each other how important it is to declare the Lord’s Prayer, which is a series of determined affirmations, fifteen times a day. The repeated declaration of the Lord’s Prayer has a certain energizing and healing effect, it can fire your whole being with new power and substance.
Prayer is simply opening our lives that we may receive what God has always been trying to bestow – conditioning our lives with God. Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet) says: “For what is prayer but the expansion of yourself into the living ether?”
I look forward to continuing our spiritual education together on Thursday, 07 January 2016.
Oceans of gratitude,
The Reverend Michael W. Walker
"The truth is powerful and it prevails."
"Only God who made us can touch us and change us and save us from ourselves."
NUSKOOL BIBLE STUDY
It is of the very nature of the Bible to affront, perplex and astonish the human mind. Hence the reader who opens the Bible must be prepared for disorientation, confusion, incomprehension, perhaps outrage….. Thomas Merton.
The Lord’s Prayer: One Prayer, Three Views
Course Description: The Lord’s Prayer
Offers both an exploration of the Prayer and an opportunity for learners to discover and nurture their own heart connection with a teaching that resonates with them.
The class will consist of lectures, group reports, and multi-media reports.
After completing this class God-with-us disciples will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of Christian Science, Metaphysical, and Afrocentric biblical interpretation.
2. Demonstrate a knowledge of how African American scholars interrogate texts and contexts differently.
3. Apply Christian Science, metaphysical, and African American biblical scholarship to your understanding of the Lord’s Prayer.
The intent of this class is to pose two questions for reflection and response. The first of these questions is “What role does biblical interpretation and prayer play in my personal unfoldment?” The second question is “What is my role in the development of metaphysical or African American biblical interpretation?”
I pray that you will enjoy the study you are undertaking immensely, that you will find
it fulfilling, and that your knowledge and the effort you invest in acquiring it will continue to bless your life long after you have completed the class.
When you have completed this class, you will be very well informed about three interpretations of the Lord’s Prayer. I pray that you will be more than a well-informed God-with-us disciple. I pray affirming that you will also have reflected in great depth about what you have learned, about what it means to you.
It cannot be emphasized too strongly that this is a study group in the best sense of the word. Therefore the success of the group is dependent upon disciplined and serious preparation on the part of all members. At the minimum, this preparation must be the careful reading and pondering of the selected biblical passages.
Our premise of group discussion has two interrelated aspects:
1. The primary task is to understand what the biblical writer intended to say.
2. Closely related to this is the question about what the text means for us in our historical and cultural situation. This calls for an exercise of imagination, like that of actors who put themselves into the script of a play. Remember, “The letter kills; it is the Spirit that gives life.”
The Bible is not a book of ancient history. It is more like the commedia dell’arte, a dramatic form that flourished in sixteenth-century Italy. In this kind of drama, the players were asked to improvise, to put themselves into the story. To be sure, it was not a free improvisation, for there were some given elements; there was the director, there was a company of actors, and there was a story plot that was given to them in broad outline. With these given elements they were told to improvise-that is, to fill in the gaps on their own.
In NuSkool Bible Study we are all called upon to improvise – that is, to put ourselves into the story and to fill in the gaps with our own experience. We must be ready to get onto the biblical stage and participate personally – along with the “company”, the community faith – in the dramatic movement of the plot. When the Bible is read in the community of faith the Holy Spirit enhances the human words of Scripture with the new meaning and power.
The only condition for fruitful Bible Study is that you come with an open mind and an unbounded interest in the question, “What is the meaning of my life and the historical crisis in which I and my community are involved?”
Recognize the interrelatedness and be committed to the wholeness of all people. This commitment transcends the boundaries of racism, sexism, classism, and heterosexism. The interpretive procedure must be grounded in the concrete reality of over-exploitive people’s lives. It is “grounded” in that it does not simply postulate theoretical formulations but also seeks to assist those forced to live at the margins or in the gutters in living out the gospel message and address issues that affect them. It may be that in this give-and-take experience you will discover an entirely new dimension of life.
Family dinner at 6:15pm and classes for all ages begin at 7pm every Thursday
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