The Very Rev. Tracey Lind, dean of Trinity Cathedral, is celebrating her silver anniversary of ordination by re-reading the Bible cover to cover in 365 days. To encourage members and friends of Trinity Cathedral to join her in this one-year pilgrimage through Holy Scripture, Trinity has launched the Bible Challenge.
The Bible Challenge is open to all: friends, neighbors, coworkers – whether or not they attend Trinity. Even those not in the Cleveland area, may subscribe online (http://trinitycleveland.org/take-the-bible-challenge/) and participate remotely.
The Bible Challenge originated with the Rev. Marek P. Zabriskie, rector of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. As founder and executive director of The Bible Challenge and The Center for Biblical Studies, he says that as a priest he has found that reading the Bible every day has had a major impact on his life, family, his relationship with God and his outlook on life. The Center for Biblical Studies was created to introduce The Bible Challenge to people around the world.
Trinity’s Bible Challenge kicked off Monday, Oct. 8 during Simchat Torah, the Jewish holiday that marks the completion of the annual cycle of Torah readings. On this day, Jews around the world finish reading the last verse in Deuteronomy and start reading anew the first chapter of Genesis, thus reminding themselves that the Torah is an endless circle of God’s word and wisdom.
On Trinity’s website, Bible Challenge participants will find the daily reading schedule, a list of recommended Bible translations, a link to audio Bibles, recommended reading list and more. Throughout the Bible Challenge, Lind will host a check-in and reflection meeting once a month as part of the Cathedral’s Wednesday evening programming. Upcoming Bible Challenge check-ins are planned for: Oct. 17, Nov. 28, Dec. 12 and Jan. 16; all take place at 7:30 p.m.