Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sewanee's School of Theology among six sites chosen to host communion-wide Bible project

From Episcopal Life Online-

The School of Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South has been chosen as one of six sites worldwide to host the Anglican Communion's "Bible in the Life of the Church" project.

The project, which was launched in December 2009 during the steering committee's first meeting in London, "aims to explore how Anglicans in different contexts actually use the Bible by exploring Scripture together and reflecting on the encounter; to produce resource materials for use at all levels of Christian education; and to re-evaluate the ways in which Anglicans have heard, studied, and received Scripture," according to a news release from Sewanee, an Episcopal Church-affiliated seminary in Tennessee.

"The School of Theology will host the North American group that will be part of a new exploration of the ways the Bible functions in the life of the church," the release says.

The Rev. Robert MacSwain, instructor of theology and Christian ethics at Sewanee and a member of the Bible project's steering committee, has been named the coordinator of the regional group, which will organize the project's case study work within Canada and the United States.

The Very Rev. Dr. William S. Stafford, dean of the School of Theology, said, "With our faculty, who all think hard and care deeply about the Scripture's use in the church, and with Education for Ministry spreading particularly effective ways for adults to reflect on the Word and their lives, Sewanee is a natural site for a project such as this. We are honored to serve the Anglican Communion in this way."

The other regional groups are located in East Africa (St. Paul's University, Limuru, Kenya), Southern Africa (University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Anglican House of Studies), Southeast Asia (Trinity Theological College, Singapore), Oceania (drawing on the resources of the theological colleges in Melbourne, Australia) and Europe (Queen's Foundation, Birmingham, England).

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