"One of the things that I personally hope this project will help us develop in the Communion is a wider and fuller biblical literacy, in which the outlines of the one great story of creation and redemption will be clear. To be a biblical Church is surely to be a community that lives out this great story day by day and commends it to people everywhere as the most comprehensive truth possible about the nature of God and God's world. May God use this work to further that end, in our Communion and in all communities of his people."
Archbishop Rowan Williams
From the Foreword to the Final Report
The 'Bible in the Life of the Church' project was commissioned by the ACC in 2009 and the Report Deep Engagement; Fresh Discovery was warmly received by the ACC in 2012. The Report not only offers a number of reflections of the place of Scripture across a variety of contexts within the Communion it also has a collection of educational resources to enable us to deepen our engagement with the Bible.
In his introduction to the Report, the Chair of the Steering Group, Archbishop David Moxon from the Province of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia says this:-
"The Anglican Communion has always cherished Scripture and given it a central place in its life. This emphasis was historically summed up in Article 6 of the 39 Articles, "Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation" and is confirmed by the way Scripture is so heavily drawn on in our liturgical life. In recent years the Communion has sought to handle the diversity of opinions in relation to moral and ethical issues. However, in turning to Scripture for insights we have discovered that we reach different conclusions as to the way forward. This raised the question as to whether we might benefit, as a Communion, by exploring in some depth the way we go about this engagement with and interpretation of Scripture."
Deep Engagement, Fresh Discovery explores the way this engagement with and interpretation of Scripture looks like in different parts of the Anglican Communion. It is accompanied by a significant collection of further educational resources to encourage us, as a Communion, to deepen this engagement. The Report and these resources are offered with an invitation to use them to deepen our love of the Bible and the rich treasures its pages offer.
There is a "Guide to the Resources" that will help you find ones that might be of interest or assistance to you. This Guide offers an over-view of these resources so you can navigate around them on this website. We suggest you print off the Guide to help you through the resources.
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For further information contact the coordinator of the project Stephen Lyon at firstname.lastname@example.org