Inclusive Language & Biblical Interpretation

Inclusive Language & Biblical Interpretation
September 1, 8, 15, 22

via zoom—Each Session 9AM to 4PM

COST:  $100 for all four sessions  – $25 for first session only

(24 hours continuing education—must attend all 4 sessions to qualify)

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Let’s explore together the need for inclusive language in worship and preaching, as well as biblical interpretations utilizing multicultural resources. The outline identifies the highlights of the workshops.  The sessions will each have a morning and afternoon breaks and time for lunch.  We know these are long days and will plan breaks accordingly.

We recommend you attend all four sessions as they build on one another. If you are only able to attend one, register for the first session only ($25).

You are encouraged to have biblical interpretation resources with you. During the last session your worship planning websites and resources will be utilized.  We will explore: 

Session One:

  1. Why inclusiveness is important and its value
  2. Genesis 1 & 2 from a variety of interpretations
  3. Preaching Genesis 1 & 2 from a multicultural interpretation

Session Two:

  1. Focus on feminist/womanist/non-colonialist scriptural interpretations
  2. Reviewing the Book of Ruth
    1. Impact of our western culture on our interpretations
      1. Jewish and Moabite interpretations
  3. A review of Ruth chapters 4 & 5

Session Three:

  1. A multicultural review of Galatians 3
    1. Gender relationships and leadership
  2. Womanist interpretations of the passage
    1. Shifts in perspective
    2. Preaching Galatians 3
  3. Contrast and compare other letters written by Paul

Session Four:

  1. Using the Lectionary scriptures for All-Saints Sunday we will plan a Sunday worship
    1. Breaking into groups:
      1. Prayers including the call to worship, pastoral prayer, offertory prayer and benediction
      2. Communion liturgy
      3. Hymns and sung responses
  1. Explore the components shared by the small groups
  2. Scriptural interpretation in small groups
    1. each group will choose a Christian and a Hebrew scripture
    2. Discuss the interpretation

4. Analysis of learning through the four sessions

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