"INSPIRED: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again," by Rachel Held Evans


If the Bible isn’t a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered changed her—and it will change you too.


Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, soliloquies, and even a short screenplay. Undaunted by the Bible’s most difficult passages, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating Scripture’s mysteries. The Bible, she discovers, is not a static work but is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God’s loving and redemptive work in the world.


This series is currently being offered in the daytime and the evenings: Wednesdays at 10:00 AM, January 29, February 5, 12, 19; and Thursdays at 6:30 PM, January 30, February 6, 13, 20. Books have been ordered for those who are interested, or you may order yourself on Amazon (especially for those who like their Kindles!). Each session will discuss two chapters at a time (4 sessions, 8 chapters), so the chapters will need to have been read before each session: but they’re short, and they’re fun!


Please call or email the office at chelsea@stjohnsessex.org or Fr. Benjamin at benjamin@stjohnsessex.org to sign up, and indicate if you are interested in the day or the evening offering. If the dates above do not work for you, fear not! The series may be offered again in the spring.

Adult Inquirers' Class

Bishop Ian Douglas will confirm four on St. John's young people on Sunday, February 23, at. 10:30 a.m. at St. Anne's, Old Lyme. Are you an adult who came to St. John's from another tradition? Have you wanted to know more about the Episcopal Church. Do you wonder what it means to officially join the Episcopal Church? To officially join the Episcopal Church, one is received or confirmed by a Bishop. Some adults choose to reaffirm their baptismal vows. Adults at St. John's are invited to join an Inquirers' Class with the Rev. Linda Spiers. We'll use Scott Gun's and Melody Wilson Shobe's book entitled Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs & Practices. We will meet at a time that works best for the group. Please call Linda in the office or speak to her Sunday. Books are currently available, and we will begin meeting the first Sunday of February. 

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