Bible College photos 2005-7
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B3's Armenian Toasting (Jen)
"Thou shall also drink. Demitasse upon demitasse of homemade mulberry and Russian wheat vodka is poured while your host embarks on lengthy orations. Protests will get you nowhere, and your glass is filled and your ego challenged should you falter and your pace slacken. You’ll raise your glass to health, grandchildren, named members of the family, the female gender, and to just about anything until the bottle is emptied. Armenians call this beautiful little custom "toasting" and each table has an appointed toastmaster, or tomadah, who takes his assigned cultural duties as if he’d taken an oath of office."
Anyway, we made sure that everyone present and not present was toasted in fulsome terms, albeit with beer, wine or fruit juice, and that everyone had to make a toast. For the photos see the last B3 drinks, June 2007
B2's Lectio Divina (Fran) Class prayer, March 2006
The text 1 John 4:7-17
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
Listening to the text (The Literal Sense)
One person reads the text twice, as the others pay attention to some segment that is especially meaningful to them.
Silence for 1-2 minutes. Each hears and silently repeats a word or phrase that attracts.
Sharing aloud: [A word or phrase that has attracted each person]. A simple statement of one or a few words. No elaboration.
How the text speaks to me
Re-reading of the text by a different person
Silence for 2-3 minutes. Reflect on “Where does the content of this story touch my life today?”
Sharing aloud: briefly, “I hear, I see...”
What the text invites me to do
Re-reading of the text by still another person.
Silence for 2-3 minutes. Reflect on “As a result of hearing the text I will……today/this week.”
Sharing aloud: at somewhat greater length the results of each one’s reflection. [Be especially aware of what is shared by the person to your right.]
After the sharing, the last stage in the lectio divina is to pray for the person on your right in the light of hwat they said.
Note: Anyone may ‘pass’ at any time.