The Girardian Lectionary Study (GLS) discusses the lectionary readings each week for the following Sunday led by Paul Nuechterlein (and occasional friends). In my 30-year career as a parish pastor I always valued time with colleagues for a weekly "Pericopes Study." It seemed to grow more difficult to do in recent years and became impossible during the pandemic of 2020.
As a pastor, I have also enjoyed lectionary studies with laypeople. This study offers the opportunity for all disciples to learn and practice a fresh way to read Scripture as the revelation of both a nonviolent God and a new Way to be human which leaves violence behind.
Each week we virtually gather from the comfort and convenience of our own home or office, for roughly the cost of the premium coffee you might order with your local group and all from the fruitful perspective of the anthropology of Renι Girard (see "Girardian Reflections on the Lectionary"). Central features of this study are:
- A PowerPoint presentation on the readings from a Girardian perspective for 25-30 minutes (available in .pdf format after the meeting)
- Conversation among the participants an opportunity to raise questions, share sermon ideas, etc. for the remaining time (30-40 minutes)
- Recordings of the meetings available to all subscribers (for one week due to storage limitations) especially for those not able to make the Zoom meeting
- Two different days to fit busy schedules (Zoom invitations for both days sent weekly to all subscribers)
The options for subscriptions are $6.00 for a single session (use the "Pay Now" button below); a regular subscription of $22.00/month (which is $5.08/week); or a "Student"/Young Person's rate of $15.00/month for those ages 18-35 (aware that getting established financially in today's unjust economics is challenging and that this lectionary conversation welcomes the voice of the generation most missing from church). The monthly subscription renews automatically each month with PayPal; but participants may unsubscribe (using the button below) at any time and will receive a pro-rated refund if appropriate.