A note from the editor: This study pack was originally designed for the Women's Group Study class, but is cross-listed with the Campus Ministry Group.
The involvement of women in the church is not a new idea. In fact, women have been a part of the development and sustainability of the church since biblical times. What has changed are the roles women have played in faith and theological development. In order to celebrate women in the church, in-depth Bible study and personal reflection is necessary. The studies outlined below provide a women's study group with foundational study resources.
Sabbath Practices. This two-session study explores the gift of Sabbath and how it has been lived. It also suggests some concrete ways for participants to reengage this ancient practice and live better lives.
Paul and the Role of Women in the Church. This two-session study begins by looking at the women in Paul's churches. The second session examines texts where Paul talks specifically about the role of women in church.
Journaling as a Spiritual Discipline. Author Delia Halverson has written in her journal for years, and shares some of her practical advice for developing the habit of journaling and how to arrange your entries. Before that, we see examples of journaling in the Bible and how to journal while reflecting on a biblical passage.
Interfaith Marriage. This study will focus on only Christian-Jewish and Christian-Muslim marriages, with the hope that the discussion will shed some light on other interfaith relationships. In session 1, participants will identify the challenges and opportunities faced by those in interfaith marriages, their families, and the congregations to which they come. They will reflect on how they view such marriages and how they can relate to those involved in them. In the second session, participants will explore the views of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism regarding marriage and interfaith marriages. They will consider biblical perspectives on interfaith marriage and discuss the theological challenges such relationships raise.