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Exodus and Journey

As a church and as a culture, we are at a time when the questions that the Book of Exodus raises are pertinent. What does it mean to be a stranger in a strange land? What does it mean to leave behind all the things we thought we knew? What does it mean to see our communities change? To carefully consider these questions and the intricate issues that it brings to the fore, we will be joining in a comprehensive, seven-month diocesan wide study of the Book of Exodus. We engage in this study in an effort to open ourselves up, as our Bishop Tom Breidenthal says, “to our essential mission of following Jesus into our neighborhoods.”

 

We began on Sunday, August 27, when both the readings and the preaching  focused on Exodus and the first adult forum on Exodus kicks off. Our study will conclude on Saturday, April 7, when Old Testament scholar Terence Fretheim will guide us in reflecting on what we have learned.    

 

It is all part of the diocesan Big Read, as we read together the Book of Exodus. For more information, please feel free to connect with the Rev. Canon Manoj Zacharia.

 

Download the Schedule 

 

Sunday, August 27
Introduction to Exodus: Miqra
Oral reading of Exodus

 

Sunday, September 3
The rise of a New Empire, a People in Bondage, and Civil Disobedience
Suggested reading: Exodus 1 & 2
Optional reading: Goldingay 6‐14; Fretheim 23‐50; Meyers 32‐45

           

Sunday, September 17
The Call                                                                                                      
Suggested reading: Exodus 3 & 4
Optional reading: Goldingay 14‐27; Fretheim 51‐81; Meyers 46‐60

 

Sunday, October 1
Encountering Pharaoh
Suggested reading: Exodus 5:1 – 8:7
Optional reading: Goldingay 27‐40; Fretheim 81‐117; Meyers 61‐ 80

 

Sunday, October 15
Plagues                                                                                                                   
Suggested reading: Exodus 8: 8 – 11:10
Optional reading: Goldingay 53‐64; Fretheim 133‐160; Meyers 101‐123

 

Sunday, October 29
Passing-Over and the Consecration of a People                                           
Suggested reading: Exodus 12- 14:31           

 

Sunday, November 5
A Journeying People in Transition                                                            
Suggested reading: Exodus 15:1 – 17:7
Optional reading: Goldingay 64‐71; Fretheim 161‐190; Meyers 124‐140

 

Sunday, November 19
The Birth of a Leadership Structure                                                                   
Suggested reading: Exodus 17:8 – 18:27
Optional reading: Goldingay 71‐82; Fretheim 191‐238; Meyers 141‐160

 

Sunday, December 3
Mishpatim – The Law                                                                                          
Suggested reading: Exodus 19 – 23:33
Optional reading: Goldingay 82‐89; Fretheim 239‐251; Meyers 161‐180

 

Sundays, December 10 & 17
Exodus and Incarnation
Sr. Shane Phelan and Sr. Elizabeth Broyles, forum leaders
(See page 15 for information on the forum leaders)

 

Sunday, January 21
The Art of Worship and the Golden Calf                                               
Suggested reading: Exodus 28-31
Optional reading: Goldingay 102‐112: Fretheim 272‐278: Meyers 201‐220           

 

Sunday, February 4
Tablets for an Out of Control People                                                           
Suggested reading: Exodus 32, 33, & 34
Optional reading: Goldingay 112‐126; Fretheim 279‐310; Meyers 221‐240

 

Sunday, February 18
Obedience as Turning Towards God                                                           
Suggested reading: Exodus 35-40
Optional reading: Goldingay 126‐129; Fretheim 313‐316; Meyers 241‐60

 

Sunday, March 4
Reading Exodus and Political Theory
The lens of Michael Walzer’s Exodus and Revolution

 

Sunday, March 18
The Call to Liberation and Action
An introduction to the thoughts of Daniel Berrigan’s Exodus: Let My People Go

 

Saturday, April 7
Diocesan Wide Capstone Event (Venue, TBD)    
We will be joined by Old Testament scholar Terence Fretheim as we end the Exodus Project and summarize what we’ve learned.

 

Sunday, April 22
On the Road to Liberation
Trip to the Underground Railroad and Freedom Center

 

Sunday, May 6
The Joyful Celebration: Food and Culture