Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Big Readers - Nothing to Read. Why UUs Should Pick-up the Bible Again
Let's consider going back to the Bible - as progressive people of faith. I have excitedly begun the spiritual practices of regular prayer and Bible study with our Universalist worship group, One Love, that I launched at church. Currently, we are planning a structured 8-week Bible study series using Marcus Borg's liberal scripture guide Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally to help us make sense of this varied collection of books, poems, letters and histories that were chosen and later bound together in what we call "the Bible."
Originally, we decided to focus on prayer and Bible study as a group when it became clear that to really go deep into Universalism - we were going to have to start exploring the text upon which the theology is based. It also does not hurt for us to remember that over 50% of the world's population is studying parts of the very same text. It's hard to be more universal and inclusive than that!
In terms of culture and politics, it saddens me that we are happier to leave the Bible teaching to the conservative right - ignoring our heritage and denying the world our unique Unitarian and Universalist interpretations. We will have more relevancy as a liberal community of faith if we start joining the religious conversation. That conversation is largely based on the interpretation and misinterpretation of scripture.
So I ask you now to pick-up the Bible again - as a humble student - as a devoted person of faith - as a textual anthropologist - as a Unitarian Universalist. You will be amazed at how quickly your faith will deepen - and how much more you will have to share with others.