Amy’s sermon emphasized the responsibility of each of us to read the Bible. Episcopalians read the Bible in community with one another, with the community of saints in the Church who have read, prayed, studied, reflected, disagreed, and agreed for more than two thousand years, and in light of humanity’s God-given reason. Scripture, tradition, and reason – the bedrock of faith (and there is even more information about what the Episcopal Church believes about the Bible).
Each of us must engage with the Biblical texts not only to grow in our own faith but also because each of us will face – as Jesus did repeatedly – those with religious and civic power who pick and choose Scriptural passages that serve their own interests and hurt others. When and where have you heard Scripture being used to hurt others? How did you respond – were you able to respond? What would you like to know more about, pray more about, hear more about, talk more about so that you can speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15) to those in power?