I am an affiliate teacher with 40 Orchards, a non-profit that invites people to (re)discover and experience the generative power of the Word of God.
I remember the first time I sat in a Scripture Circle. I never new studying Scripture could be like that. We sat in a circle and heard one another's voices without losing connection to the Text. We rooted our study in language and history without losing touch with mystery. We wrestled through questions without losing a sense of God's presence.
I learned a new and beautiful way of gathering around the Scriptures that I find deep joy in sharing with others. I believe this form of study can transform your life and faith because of the way it has transformed mine.
What to Expect in a Scripture Circle
Gatherings begin by going around the circle and sharing things with which we have been wrestling or pondering. Based on what is shared, I put forward choices of Scripture passages that might fit those questions, and the group votes. Once we dig in, I guide us through language roots and threads that run from one text to another. Then, I ask questions. Questions that invite us to wrestle with human experience and our interaction with the Divine. Questions we see if we look at the text and have the courage to ask them of each other and of ourselves. Questions like, "What is it like to be so afraid of the unknown in front of you that slavery feels like a better option?" (Which is the question we see as the Israelites enter the wilderness experience in Exodus 16.)
Want to join a Scripture Circle?
There are Scripture Circles happening every week, some during the day and some at night, some for two hours and some for three or more. Most circles meet once a month.
You may also want to host your own Scripture Circle. Some people ask me to facilitate as a guest to an ongoing small group. Or want to gather a group of friends for a special study.
Use the contact form at the bottom of this page for more information about joining an ongoing Scripture Circle or gathering your own group.
Scripture Circle Details
Scripture Circles vary in location, at houses around the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Space is limited to 12 people, in order to leave room for everyone's voice. Participants are asked to pay $20-$30 per study. All gatherings are based on a sliding scale of paying what you can or are able to pay, through cash, check, or credit on the day of the study.