“Who knew that biblical birds held so many of the keys to what the Scriptures have to say about God? Yet birds do!” – Laura Winner
“…visitations of spirit are very like being stunned by a wild bird…” – David James Duncan
“You think birds are just birds-undifferentiated fluttering, then you find one magnified in your lens.” – Debbie Blue
I appreciate the season after Epiphany for its encouragement to think bigger and look from new perspectives. Epiphany is about enlightenment and expanded understanding. It’s about Christ coming for all and not just for some.
Epiphany is marked by the arrival of the magi to kneel before the baby Jesus and present their gifts. Their wisdom in returning, as Matthew’s gospel puts it, to “their own country by another road” reverberates through the first several weeks of the calendar year, inviting us to consider what we know and what we might yet learn about the journey of faith.
In honor of the opportunity to “see and be radiant” (Isaiah 60:5) that Epiphany represents, I invite you to join me in a unique three-week study in January. I’m taking inspiration from Debbie Blue’s book Consider the Birds and calling the class “Birds of the Bible.” There may be more birds in the Bible than you think, and they offer a surprising doorway into theological reflection.
To participate, you can choose either Wednesday evenings at 7 pm on January 11, 18, and 25, or Thursday mornings at 10:30 am on January 12, 19, and 26. We’ll gather in the Aldersgate Room. Any and all learners are welcome to participate; no expertise in birds or the Bible is required!
God’s love and hope to you in the new year,