Bible in the life of the Church News

After three and half years of worldwide research, the Bible in the Life of the Church project has found that Anglicans around the globe share “a high common ground” over the essential place and use of the Bible in Anglican life

In Lent 2012 the Anglican Communion produced a course – And it was good .... – exploring biblically our responsibility for the environment. It arose from the work of the Bible in the Life of the Church project. Following the course two comments illustrate how it was received:

La Quinta Marca de Misión – "esforzarse a slavaguardar la integridad de la creación y sostener y renovar la vida de la tierra." - a veces se ve como una marca  desatendida por la Comunión Anglicana. La proxima Cuaresma ofrece otra oportunidad para compensar  eso, con un curso que sale del trabajo del proyecto La Biblia en la Vida de la Iglesia.

Como parte del proyecto la Biblia en la Vida de la Iglesia  nos comprometemos a hacer una encuesta por toda la Comunión Anglicana en cuanto a como los Anglicanos entendemos y interactuamos con la Biblia.

Church of Ireland Lent 2012 Bible Study Resource planned in conjunction with ACC Bible in the Life of the Church project,

Sample materials for this exciting Lent Course are now available to view on the Anglican Communion website.

As part of the Bible in the Life of the Church project the project team are undertaking a Communion-wide survey of the way Anglicans understand and engage with the Bible.

The Fifth Mark of Mission – “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth” – is sometimes seen as the neglected Mark across the Communion. Lent next year offers another opportunity to redress this, with the help of a course coming out of the work of the Bible in the Life of the Church project.

The Rev. Dr. Kabiro wa Gatumu, a Biblical Studies lecturer at St Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya and Coordinator of the East Africa Regional Group for the Bible in the Life of the Church project, writes about the recent meeting of his regional group.

22-Feb-2011 - News Update

The project is now at the half way stage before it reports back to the Anglican Consultative Council in late 2012. The two Case Studies have been selected and study notes are available on both.

The Steering Group met for the second time in November 2010 in Durban, South Africa. They reviewed the work of the Regional Groups in relation to Case Study 1 and observed possible gaps in the way we engaged with the Bible and interpreted it. The Steering Group also outlined the material that would arise from the project.

The report on what emerged from this meeting can be viewed here

Members of the worldwide Anglican Communion are working together on a project to discover what the Bible tells the church about saving the planet from environmental damage. The Bible in the Life of the Church project manager, Stephen Lyon, said that World Environment Day was the perfect moment to reveal that the first issue under discussion would be the Environment.


‘The Bible in the Life of the Church’ is a major project being undertaken over three years by the Anglican Communion, mandated by the Anglican Consultative Council at its Jamaica meeting in May 2009. It is seeking to discover how Anglican Christians read the Bible, recognising the very diverse contexts we inevitably bring to this reading. With the support of the Anglican Communion Department of Theological Studies, the work of this Bible project will largely take place in a number of Regional Groups based around theological education institutions in Kenya, Southern Africa, South East Asia, Oceania, North America and Britain.

Following the resolution passed at ACC-14 (14.05) 'The Bible in the Life of the Church' a Steering Group has been appointed to take the work forward. It meets for the first time with the Chair, Archbishop David Moxon, Bishop of Waikato, New Zealand at the Anglican Communion Office from November 30th to December 3rd, 2009. The work of the project will be undertaken in six regional groups hosted, in the main, by theological colleges within the Communion and a number of 'user groups' who will test out the work of the regional groups.

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