For our Bible Study, Dr. Barbara Sutton led us on a process of lectio and visio divina using excerpts froom the Saint John’s Bible. The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in 500 years. Director of Ministerial Formation and Field Education in the School of Theology/ Seminary at Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN.
Following the NCCC Breakfast, the NWCU participants took part in a Bible Study led by the Rev. Dr. Bruce Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College.
Dr. Margaret Mitchell, Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago Divinity School, led the attendees in a study in which she shared some of her work on the Corinthian letters. The NWCU Bible Study is sponsored by the American Bible Society which makes a generous gift to help underwrite the cost of our event. Prof. Mitchell is currently revising for publication her 2008 Speaker’s Lectures at Oxford University,“The Corinthian Correspondence and the Birth of Christian Hermeneutics,” She worked to give us an overview of how I Corinthians should be approached and read. She reminded us that the central message is an appeal for Christian Unity in which St. Paul warns that Christ’s Body is being torn “limb to limb.” Paul calls for reconciliation, using the medical term which in Greek refers to the act of re-setting a dislocated limb. Paul warns them that those who destroy the unity of the Body will be destroyed by God.
Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Associate General Secretary for Justice and Advocacy, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, was the Bible Study Leader for this year’s National Workshop on Christian Unity. The American Bible Society sponsored the Bible Study. The Rev. Girton-Mitchel engaged the Workshop Participants in an interactive study of the theme text for the Workshop,Mark, Chapter 7 verses 31-37.