First, the pop quiz. What is this? Be specific.
This came home with me after a morning spent with a friend, first attending the second half of Mass (I was late), then Confirmation class, then eating at Mimi's Cafe (hence the food), and finally browsing at an interdenominational bookstore and gift shop.
None of the items in the second picture were purchased today, but they do pertain the confirmation class. The red Bible is my favorite translation, the New American Bible, St. Joesph Edition. Like everything else to do with religion, it's a bit controversial, but I like it because it has lots of scholarly intros and footnotes and illos and timelines and whatnot. None of this, however, inspired me or kept me awake long enough to finish the reading for this morning. Still, the additional material is very much in line with the content of this morning's class. Rev. Angela talked about the different parts of the Bible, the historical context, and the idea that both reason and tradition should be considered when reading scripture, as well as the content of the text itself in various translations. The little booklets above are a guide to the Daily Office Lectionary, a two-year cycle of readings that take the reader through most of the Bible in a fairly coherent order, and give some idea of common themes between the readings in a given week. I suppose that part of the "tradition" portion of the "three-legged stool" of Episcopal tradition.
Anyway, I was pleased to discover that most of what Rev. Angela said resonated with my own past researches and my own beliefs. I am more convinced than ever that I have found my theological home. Despite my intense aversion to controversy, I have much more to say about this. But not tonight!
Current lectionary readings