Walking the Way of Lent through Storytelling with Bishop Porter Taylor
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This class will meet online every Thursday evening starting on March 10th and ending on April 7, 2022 for a total of five sessions from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. eastern.
Instructor: Porter Taylor, Assisting Bishop, The Diocese of Virginia
Lent is less a season to observe and more a walk to walk. As the days get longer and the light more accessible, so are we invited to cast aside all that gets between us and resurrection. One theologian commented, “Everything that happens to Christ happens to us.” In that sense, the Bible is a road map for us to follow indicating the terrain of our journey with Christ and in Christ and to Christ. Therefore, these sessions are intended to help us discover how we can consciously walk the way of Lent. Each week we will focus on one of the readings from the Lenten lectionary from the previous Sunday. However, our intent is to discover how we are invited to live this Lenten journey in our own lives. This is not a Bible study; this is a community sharing how they have walked and are walking the Lenten pilgrimage by engaging a particular theme embedded in a scripture lesson for that Sunday.
Each session will begin with a short talk about the theme of the week often using poetry and then Bishop Taylor will model what he will ask you to do by telling a story of his own life that connects with the theme. Then, you will go into small breakout groups to share our stories and lastly come back together for a plenary. The writer John Shea wrote, “We turn our pain into narrative so we can bear it. We turn our ecstasy into narrative so we can prolong it. We tell our stories to live.” Bishop TaylorI looks forward to being with you as we walk more intentionally into a sacred Lent.