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Rector's Message

Rev. Beth FrankThe Rev. Beth Frank is a recent graduate of Bexley Hall Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.  She was ordained a (transitional) deacon in June, 2013, and was ordained to the sacred order of priests on December 6, 2013 - St. Nicholas Day.  She has been appointed by the bishop to serve New Life as Priest-in-Charge.

Yesterday, esteemed theologian and New Testament scholar Marcus Borg died. Last year at New Life we engaged in study of two books that Borg co-authored with John Dominic Crossan: The Last Week and The First Christmas. Borg was a prolific scholar and wrote 21 books including: Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time (1994); Reading the Bible Again for the First Time (2001), The Heart of Christianity (2003), and Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary (2006).

An Episcopal News Service article reporting Borg's death quoted him as saying: Adult theological re-education at the congregational level is an urgent need within American churches today. ... It is essential to Christian formation. And from my own experience and from a number of studies, I know that it has been a source of re-vitalization in hundreds of congregations around the country.

Here at New Life, 11 of us have embarked on the Bible Challenge. Many of us gathered Wednesday night to break bread, ask questions, share our experiences (surprises, frustrations, resources), laugh, and support each other. After New Zealand night prayer, we set off in different directions marveling at what we had already learned and bubbling with excitement for what lies ahead.

There are many ways to engage in Christian formation. I look forward to seeing how the Spirit will work through the Bible Challenge, Holy Conversation, Lent Madness, and other offerings to nourish and revitalize us as individuals and as the body of Christ.

Almighty God, you gave to your servant Marcus special gifts of grace to understand and teach the truth as it is in Christ Jesus: Grant that by this teaching we may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
-Collect of a Theologian and Teacher. BCP, p. 249

Yours in Christ,