Teaching the Bible

My studies of the Bible in seminary introduced me to an entirely different way of understanding the Bible and the meaning it might contain for religious liberals than I have ever imagined while growing up being taught from a very fundamentalist perspective.  This “library” of books turned out to be far more complex than I have ever imagined, and it spoke of justice for the weak and disadvantaged in ways I recognized but had lost sight of.  I decided to explore this with members of our congregation in Ridgewood and ended up leading two seminars with as many as 25 members of our historically humanist society.  I twice taught an online Bible course while serving as ministerial intern at the Church of the Larger Fellowship, and I also taught a similar course at the Arlington Street Church.
Here's a description of this class as I offered it at Second Parish:

Reading the Bible with Unitarian Universalist Eyes

This class will introduce the Bible from a UU perspective. If you learned the Bible in another religious traditions or never really got to know it, this will be an opportunity to take another look and see what (if anything) we might be able to learn from the Bible for ourselves, and what we need to understand about how its meaning can be distorted.

After that class, I led a class based on the “Bible Workbench,” a widely-used study guide for weekly study of the Bible from a liberal perspective; a course on our Unitarian Universalist Principles and Purposes; and a course on Genesis, based in part on the PBS series by Bill Moyers.
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