St. Mark's Bible study explores the Gospel of Mark
Bishop Grein, the 14th Bishop of New York, now Bishop-in-Residence at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Oenoke Ridge, teaches popular Bible study classes that are open to the public on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Education Center in Morrill Hall at St. Mark's Church.
"I'm confident that if you teach what's in the Bible, it brings life to the church," Grein said. "People want to understand it, and once they do, they can own it, live with it. It's theirs." This winter, Grein will lead an in-depth study of the Gospel of Mark. .
As leader of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, Grein said his job was to support parishes and priests so that they could act as bearers of tradition.
"Our tradition comes through words and sacraments. My job is to pass it on to the laity. I work for you, because you are the primary witnesses, the ones out in the world responding to what comes, doing what needs doing" he said. "People have questions. They want to know: `What does scripture tell me about my life?' If you surround yourself with scripture, it becomes a part of your life. It builds a foundation that helps and uplifts your faith."
"Whether we know it or not, most of us are searching," said parishioner Miki Porta, who has been attending the Bishop's classes for more than a year. "Perhaps I feel that something is missing, some kind of understanding that could deepen the life I've built or help me make sense of my struggles."
In January, the class will come prepared to study the Gospel of Mark, which Bishop Grein instructed "should be read all at once, like a great drama."
"Mark is my favorite. It's so great." he said. "You can read it as if you're watching a play, it moves so fast."
The class will reference the book "Mark for Everyone" by N.T. Wright.
Call 203-966-4515 or visit www.stmarksnewcanaan.org.