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Bible Study with Carl Scovel
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When: Monday, September 9, 2019
Where: The First Church in Chestnut Hill
26 Suffolk Rd
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts  02467
United States
Contact: Megan Foley

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Dear friends and colleagues in Ballou Channing Chapter,

Greetings! I am writing to invite you to be in a fabulous bible study this year. I know distance may make this offer impossible, but if not, we sure would be thrilled to be with you!

For the last 8 years, Rev. Carl Scovel has been leading a bible study every other month in Chestnut Hill, MA. It’s open to UU clergy and seminarians in our region. We meet five times between Sept and May. I organize it for him. It has been a wonderful and rich experience for all of us involved. To be with a master teacher like Carl, (and each other!) is a gift indeed.

We meet as two groups, one meets Mondays and the other meets Thursdays, both from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at The First Church in Chestnut Hill.

The Monday group will meet on:
Sept 9, Nov 4, Jan 6, Mar 2, May 4.

The Thursday group will meet on:
Sept 12, Nov 7, Jan 9, Mar 5, May 7

If you you can’t come to all the classes, that’s ok, though of course the more the better. If you ever need to come to the other class in any given week, that's welcome. We share bringing snacks.

Carl loves teaching and gives the money away in full. The cost is $100 for the year, and will go to the South Street Youth Center, an organization with a mission to provide a safe, educational, and engaging space during out-of-school time for young residents of the South Street Development. A check made out to "Community Cares, Inc." could be brought to the first class or mailed to Carl’s address, which he lists below. If money is tight, whatever you can contribute is totally fine.

During this series of discussions we will be considering stories, psalms, songs and significant theological themes of the bible. My hope is that we will learn something not only from specific passages, but we will be learning how to learn from a text like scripture.

The text is the authority, we are the interpreters. My mantra is: faithfulness to the text, freedom to interpret the text. I tend to have us follow the Socratic, rabbinic model which I learned from Walter Wink. We may try models of enactment as well. My own experience is that one rediscovers not only the text but oneself as well.

My intent in each of the two-hour sessions is to focus on three questions in the following sequence
1. What is the text saying?
2. What might the text have meant to the first authors, editors, readers and listeners?
3. What does the text say to us personally?

If you have in mind texts or themes that you’d like me to consider, just let me know. And if you have suggestions or questions for me, please do the same.

If you'd like to reach me, my email is and my phone is 617-522-3681. We live at 36 Hampstead Road, Jamaica Plain MA 02130.

Hoping you'll join us this year, Carl

Know someone else who might be? Need more info? Reply to Megan., 617-276-7655. Thanks!

Rev. Megan Lynes
Minister of Faith Formation
First Church in Sterling, MA

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