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Churchwide 1 Corinthians Bible Study
04 May 1996 20:38:51
96001 Churchwide 1 Corinthians Bible Study
Is Scheduled for Mid-January Release
by Julian Shipp
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Commissioned by the General Assembly Council (GAC) in
September, an eight-part study of 1 Corinthians will be mailed to all
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations in mid-January.
The proposed study, "In One Spirit," was approved by the GAC in
response to the General Assembly's call for sustained attention to matters
of theology, practical faith, and spiritual formation, particularly as they
are informed by the scriptures and the "Book of Confessions."
"In One Spirit" was produced by the denomination's Congregational
Ministries Division (CMD) for use in both personal Bible study and group
study, according to the Rev. Lynn Penny, CMD's associate for curriculum
development. Penny said the study may be used at any time during the year
but is intended particularly for use during Lent, or the season of Easter.
The complete text of the eight-session study became available
electronically through both PresbyNet and the PC(USA) World Wide Web home
page the first week in January. Penny said it was the first Presbyterian
study resource to be distributed electronically. Discussion meetings to
assist pastors, educators and others in planning ways to use the study will
also be available on PresbyNet.
GAC members voted 26-23 last September to call for the churchwide
study in the hope that it would further reconciliation within the
denomination. Proponents of the study cited parallels between contemporary
forces and issues and those that confronted the church in Corinth.
Opponents felt that such a study should not be limited to 1 Corinthians.
Penny said additional resources that address themes found in 1 Corinthians
are expected to be available later this year.
"In the One Spirit" is intended to "nurture the reading and praying of
Scripture as a spiritual practice," according to a preface to the study.
Lessons will incorporate both scholarly and devotional elements but do not
attempt to present detailed academic material or resolve questions about
the precise meaning of 1 Corinthians.
Each session will follow a liturgical format and will include an
opening and closing prayer, a reflection on the scripture passage and a
suggested hymn. An initial copy of "In the One Spirit" will be mailed to
each congregation free of charge. Additional copies are $2.50 each or $2
each for orders of 10 or more to the same address. Orders may be placed by
calling Presbyterian Distribution Service at (800) 524-2612 and asking for
"In One Spirit," PDS #70-400-95-002.
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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