The Preconciliar Commission, charged with making preparations for the OCA’s 15th All-American Council, has posted a four-part Bible Study on the OCA web site.
The Bible Study focuses on Ephesians 4:25-32, the verses from which the 15th All-American Council theme was drawn. “These words from Ephesians made an impression and seemed to be a ‘word’ addressed to our OCA and the turmoil it has faced in recent years,” the introduction to the Study reads. “‘Members of One Another in Christ’ (based on Ephesians 4:25) became the theme of the approaching Council, but the whole passage is worth careful - and prayerful - consideration… [and] reflection on how these words might apply today in our own lives, in our parishes and dioceses, in the OCA, in preparation for the All-American Council and in our Christian life generally.”
“The ‘Members of One Another in Christ’ Bible Study is our second workbook in preparation for the 15th All-American Council,” Preconciliar Commission Chair His Grace, Bishop Nikon of Boston, New England and the Albanian Archdiocese, noted. “The first workbook was a ‘living workbook’ consisting of the comments shared by participants at our Town Hall meetings across the US and Canada. Notes from all of the meetings held to-date have been collected into one document and have been sent to all the members of the Holy Synod and the Metropolitan Council. Notes from the remaining two meetings, Boston and Orlando, will be sent as an addendum once they are ready for publication.”
The “Members of One Another in Christ” Bible Study is available in two file formats below. An on-line version of the study is also being prepared for the 15th All-American Council blog.
“Members of One Another in Christ” Bible Study [WORD file]