Spiritual Formation, Fall 2023 & Winter/Spring 2024

Scripture Study

Thursday mornings, 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Please note: no session April 4.

April 11–May 2, 2024

Welcome to the Apocalypse

What kind of literature are the biblical apocalyptic texts? What do these strange and complex readings mean? What claims do they make, and are they binding on current readers? How should they be read and used in the modern cultural and Christian congregational context? Are they theologically relevant to the church’s life and the personal journey of faith? Join us as we explore apocalyptic literature in the Bible and how it can be a meaningful part of our engagement with Scripture and religious worship and practice. With DeWayne Davis.

  • April 11: 2 Esdras 5–6
  • April 18: Ezekiel 38–39; Joel 1–3
  • April 25: Daniel
  • May 2: Revelation

February 29–March 21, 2024

Untouchable Texts … continued

There are parts of the Bible that are so hurtful/awful/complicated that we avoid them. Join Seth in exploring more of these untouchable texts. For four weeks, we will confront them head on and learn more about their contexts, intentions, consequences and more. Warning: Difficult, terrible topics will be discussed, and we will do so with the utmost respect and care. With Seth Patterson.

February 1–22, 2024

Wild, Wonderful, Wise Women who Knew Jesus

Join Beth Hoffman Faeth for these four sessions.

January 4–25, 2024

MLK’s Bible: Reading Scriptures that Inspired the Dream

As a fourth-generation Baptist preacher, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was formed and shaped by the Black religious tradition and the Christian social gospel, mining these influences as he developed his social activism. In his sermons, speeches, writings, and interviews, King demonstrated a creative and inspired engagement with the biblical text in conversation with the great philosophers and the social gospel movement. Join DeWayne in reading and discussing the Scripture texts King read and used to bring rhetorical power to the work of justice, nonviolence, and beloved community.

November 30–December 14, 2023

Scripture Study for Advent

Join the clergy team this Advent season for a look at the birth narratives from the gospels of Matthew, Luke and John.  What new understandings might we glean from these familiar stories?

November 2–16, 2023

Untouchable Texts

There are parts of the Bible that are so hurtful/awful/complicated that we avoid them. Join Seth in exploring these untouchable texts. For three weeks, we will confront them head on and learn more about their contexts, intentions, consequences and more. Warning: Difficult, terrible topics will be discussed, and we will do so with the utmost respect and care.

  • Nov 2: Sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22: 1-19)
  • Nov 9: LGBTQ Clobber verse (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
  • Nov 16: Rape of Tamar (2 Samuel 13: 1-22)

October 12–26, 2023

Do Black Lives Matter to God? Race and Justice in the Bible

We’ve known for a while now that the Bible has been used to justify and reinforce racial exclusion, subjugation, and violence. Some familiar texts of Scripture have served to sustain centuries of anti-blackness, providing divine sanction for enslavement, discrimination, and domination. Join DeWayne in conversations about scripture’s role in current racial justice debates. Do we ignore these texts and interpretations? If not, how should these texts be read in ways that comport with the tenets of biblical justice? Can these readings be redeemed as a catalyst for repair and justice in contemporary social and religious life?

September 14–October 5, 2023

Wild, Wonderful, Wise Women of the Bible

Led by Beth Hoffman Faeth.

For Adults

This weekly scripture study, led by the Plymouth clergy team, invites participants to explore the Bible and other sacred texts, seeking together relevant lessons for contemporary living and understanding the story’s meaning in a deeper way.  Discussion topics will vary, but each week could include an exploration of historical context, overarching themes, and narratives of the text, connections to current events, and scripture as a basis for spiritual growth. Facilitators will rotate every few weeks, but you are welcome to join any time for as many sessions as you like. Drop-ins are always welcome.