Exploring our Faith with the Letter to the Romans

Nothing can separate us from the love of God, Paul reminded the fledgling church in Rome when he wrote to them in the first century. For “If God is for us, who is against us?” he asks (8:31). The Letter to the Romans is full of wisdom and encouragement, both for the early believers and for us today.

During the season of Epiphany 2019, Episcopalians across the country will study Romans together as part of the Good Book Club. We’ll start on January 7 and read a section every day – except Sundays – through the Epiphany Season, ending on Shrove Tuesday, March 5.

The Good Book Club offers an opportunity to dive deeply into scripture and create a daily practice of engagement with God’s Word. In the Letter to the Romans, we will learn about life in the early church and central principles of our Christian faith.

All it takes is a Bible in whatever translation you prefer – in your hands or online. You will be provided with a reading schedule and multiple resources to enhance your connection with God through scripture. Each day, you will be invited to read, reflect, and pray upon a few verses of Romans.

Partners from across the Episcopal Church will provide resources to support you on the journey through Romans.

It all starts here

For a video invitation from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, click here https://youtu.be/F4gYM8DZXN8

For more about the Good Book Club: http://www.goodbookclub.org

For the schedule of readings with links: http://www.goodbookclub.org/readings/

For resources to help you engage the journey: http://www.goodbookclub.org/resources/

For the Good Book Club in Spanish: http://clubbiblico.org


Bonus study:

For an excellent in-depth study of the Letter to the Romans created by the Rev. Drs. John Lewis and Jane Patterson of the Diocese of West Texas (fall 2009 but still relevant), click here


Epiphany Study from Migration Ministries

Episcopal Migration Ministries is offering an Epiphany Curriculum, which includes free resources to oversee a faithful and meaningful Epiphany 2018.

“After the celebration and joy of Christmas, the Church turns its attention to the Epiphany of Christ, and a season when we remember time and again how God is made manifest in the world,” noted the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries. “In these important days, Episcopal Migration Ministries invites congregations and faith communities to reflect on the rich history of the Episcopal Church’s work among refugees, as we have answered collectively the revealed Son of God’s call to be his ministers in a hurting world.”

Designed for Adult Christian Formation, the six-week Epiphany Curriculum is ideal for congregations, individuals, adult forums, discussion groups, and other church-based gatherings. “Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of Episcopal Migration Ministries, refugee resettlement, the stories of our new American neighbors, and how God is calling each of us into this work,” Stevenson said.

Click here for the Epiphany Curriculum.

“It was the story of the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt as refugees that inspired Episcopalians in Southern Ohio in the 1930s to offer refuge to those fleeing Nazi Europe,” Stevenson added. “So, too, do we hear that same story this Epiphany season and recommit ourselves to ministry among the 65 million children, women, and men who have fled their homes in our days because of violence or persecution. Each one of these children of God is a person with a name and a story, each with hopes and dreams, and all deserving of peace and opportunity. Through this educational resource, Episcopalians can come to know these stories, offer possibility to those hopes, and provide for the realization of such peace and opportunity.”

Episcopal Migration Ministries is a ministry of the Episcopal Church, and is one of nine national agencies responsible for resettling refugees in the United States in partnership with the government. Episcopal Migration Ministries currently has 22 affiliate offices in 17 states.