Presiding Bishop Michael Curry released a video on January 10th, 2018 encouraging members of the Episcopal Church to participate in the collaborative Lenten offering by The Society of Saint John the Evangelist [SSJE] and Virginia Theological Seminary [VTS], Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John. The free offering, available at meetingjesusinjohn.org, is a six-week study leading each participant into a deeper intimacy with God by praying with the words of John the Evangelist and journaling in the included prayer journal.
“As many of you know, we in the Episcopal Church are seeking to grow more fully as the Jesus Movement. And not simply as the full embodiment of the Jesus Movement, but as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. So Virginia Seminary and Society of Saint John the Evangelist have come together and created a study opportunity for us to know this Jesus more closely, more fully, more intimately, more deeply,” Curry says in the video.
In the sermon during his installation in Washington National Cathedral, Curry gave his first call to the Episcopal Church, “We have got an incredible opportunity, a remarkable faith, and my hope and dream and prayer is that we in the Episcopal Church will find ourselves deeply in what I like to call the Jesus Movement which has been going on a long time; and we are the 21st Century iteration of that. That’s what we’re about and that’s where we are going.” The recently released video cites Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John as a means of engaging in the Jesus Movement.
The Lenten offering is designed to lead individuals, small groups or entire congregations into a deeper relationship with God through Jesus as chronicled in the Gospel of John the Baptist. On the website,meetingjesusinjohn.org, participants can sign up to receive a daily email throughout Lent with a video message from the Brothers at SSJE and also download a free prayer journal or order a printed journal from Amazon. The site also includes facilitation guidance for groups, resources for communicators and a help section to ensure participants and group leaders can have a meaningful and dynamic Lenten experience. View Presiding
Bishop Michael Curry’s video at https://youtu.be/j9xlkCfEGEw
The Society of Saint John the Evangelist is a monastic community for men in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada. The Brothers seek to know and share an authentic experience of God’s love and mercy. They live a common life shaped by worship, prayer, and their Rule of Life. SSJE has two monasteries in Massachusetts, one in Harvard Square, Cambridge, and another, Emery House, in West Newbury. SSJE Brothers strive to be “men of the moment,” responding with the Gospel of Jesus Christ to contemporary issues and needs.
About Virginia Theological Seminary
Virginia Theological Seminary is a seminary of the Episcopal Church that has since 1823 served to further the universal mission of Christ’s church by providing graduate theological education and serving as a theological resource for the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Communion, and the wider church. In preparing its students as servants of Jesus Christ, as lay and ordained leaders of the Church, VTS has placed theological education in the context of residential community marked by common life and worship. Virginia Theological Seminary currently educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education.