Lenten Bible "Detox": Into the Wilderness — A Contemplative Retreat

Lenten Bible "Detox"

March 02, 2024, 10:00am – 1:00pm Eastern Time

Each Lent, CLBSJ focuses our attention on the misuse of the Bible to promote and justify violence and oppression. All are welcome on this journey of healing and reclaiming.

In the past few months we’ve seen in unprecedented scale the destructive impact that violent misuse of the Bible can wreak on vulnerable populations. Facing the shadow side of our scriptural traditions is no longer just a personally fulfilling thing to do. It is an absolute necessity if we are to be able to act with integrity in “the fierce urgency of now.” CLBSJ invites all who are struggling to find traction in this moment to join us for a half-day Bible Detox retreat. Following in Jesus’ footsteps and drawing from the tradition of contemplative Christianity, we will mark a path into the wilderness to face down the demons that are coopting and confusing our scriptural traditions today.

This will be a participatory retreat. Registrants will be given an opportunity to help shape the event by sharing which toxified Bible verses that they have been working with, or feel a need to work with. Register today to receive more details:

Planning Committee: Sr. Sharifa Vernice Meytung, Rev. Betsy Simpson, Rev. Dr. Dong Hyeon Jeong, Amy Dalton

Image: “The Mind of Christ (temptation story)” by Frank Wesley (1923-2002) from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.