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Finding hope in the Bible

Good news: Evangelisation Brisbane project officer Mike Humphrys invites teacher Kate Ferguson to the agency’s new formation series, Living Biblically in a Secular World.

Good news: Evangelisation Brisbane project officer Mike Humphrys invites teacher Kate Ferguson to the agency’s new formation series, Living Biblically in a Secular World.

By Emilie Ng

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge will lead a new Bible series this month showing how the Scriptures “interpret the mess of things that we face”.

Following a review into parish formation needs last year, archdiocesan agency Evangelisation Brisbane has prepared an “in-depth opportunity” to hear from a rich source – Brisbane’s own biblical scholar.

In Living Biblically in a Secular World, Archbishop Coleridge will explore contemporary issues “through the lens of the Scriptures”, co-ordinator Mike Humphrys said.

“We have the gift of biblical scholarship in the person of the archbishop and we felt that we should utilise it,” Mr Humphrys said.

Archbishop Coleridge said the nine-month series would allow Catholics to see the Bible in a new light.

“In these sessions, you’ll have the chance to explore the Bible not as some museum-piece but as a power in your life,” he said.

Archbishop Coleridge said Catholics should never under-estimate the “power” of “the book He gave us”.

“The word God speaks through the Bible interprets the mess of things to us – the mess of the world, of the Church and even of my life,” he said.

Living biblically meant to find hope even in hopelessness, Archbishop Coleridge said.

 “(These sessions) will help you learn not just about the Bible but how to live the Bible in your daily life and share it with others,” he said.

Evangelisation Brisbane is also working with nine Brisbane archdiocesan young adult groups and networks who will help host the events.

“We think (the series) will appeal to young adults,” Mr Humphrys said.

“Young people feel that these formation seminars will help equip them so that when they’re talking to other people they will have a grasp of what the biblical perspective is on contemporary issues.

“That will equip them to have those discussions and have more confidence in their faith.”

Brisbane-based university campus ministry Freedom Launch will host the first series next Wednesday, March 18, at the Francis Rush Centre from 7.15pm-9pm.

Entry is by gold-coin donation and guests can use the St Stephen’s Cathedral car park, open from 6pm.

For further information check the website at www.bne.catholic.net.au/eb.

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