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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 have been holding 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.


The Schedule


Sunday, August 27, 2017
Introduction to Exodus: Miqra
Oral reading of Exodus


Sunday, September 3, 2017 
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, 2017 
The Call                                                                                                      
Suggested reading: Exodus 3 & 4
Optional reading: Goldingay 14‐27; Fretheim 51‐81; Meyers 46‐60


Sunday, October 1, 2017 
Encountering Pharaoh
Suggested reading: Exodus 5:1 – 8:7
Optional reading: Goldingay 27‐40; Fretheim 81‐117; Meyers 61‐ 80


Sunday, October 15, 2017
Suggested reading: Exodus 8: 8 – 11:10
Optional reading: Goldingay 53‐64; Fretheim 133‐160; Meyers 101‐123


Sunday, October 29, 2017 
Passing-Over and the Consecration of a People                                           
Suggested reading: Exodus 12- 14:31           


Sunday, November 5, 2017 
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, 2017 
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, 2017
Mishpatim – The Law                                                                                          
Suggested reading: Exodus 19 – 23:33
Optional reading: Goldingay 82‐89; Fretheim 239‐251; Meyers 161‐180


Sundays, December 10 & 17, 2017
Exodus and Incarnation
Sr. Shane Phelan and Sr. Elizabeth Broyles, forum leaders
(See page 15 for information on the forum leaders)


Sunday, January 21, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
Obedience as Turning Towards God                                                           
Suggested reading: Exodus 35-40
Optional reading: Goldingay 126‐129; Fretheim 313‐316; Meyers 241‐60


Sunday, March 4, 2018: Cancelled
We are gathering to hear from renowned theologian Adam Clark at Theology Uncorked on March 4, rather than meet for the Adult Forum. We will see you at Theology Uncorked (4:30 pm) and the Evensong (6:00 pm).


Saturday, April 7, 2018
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Diocesan Wide Capstone Event    
We will be joined by Old Testament scholars Carol Meyers and Terence Fretheim as we end the Exodus Project and summarize what we’ve learned at All Saints Church, 5101 Johnstown Road, New Albany, OH 43054. 


Sunday, April 22, 2018
Exodus Mini-Convocation 
A look at the medieval Jewish scholar Maimonides with a farewell to rabbi-in-residence Daniel Bogard. The convocation will include the celebration of food and culture originally planned for May 6. Middle Eastern fare will be served. To allow us to plan accordingly, please sign up for this program at the church reception desk. The trip to the Underground Railroad and Freedom Center previously scheduled for this day has been postponed to a later date TBA.