The Scriptural Reasoning Network is a new 501(c)(3) that exists to promote the practice of Jews, Christians, and Muslims reading scripture together.
We are promoting this practice now because we believe that an expansive network of interfaith friendships would create a firewall against the religiously motivated prejudice and violence that is happening around the world, in Jerusalem but also in Colorado Springs, in Paris but also in San Bernardino.
The Scriptural Reasoning Network is gathering in Atlanta on November 20th, 2015, the day before the American Academy of Religion meeting. The theme for this year's gathering is Scriptural Reasoning on Campus. We're bringing together teachers experimenting with SR in the classroom and campus ministers experimenting with SR outside the classroom to talk, do SR together, and see what we can learn from one another. Find out more and register.
The University of Virginia's second annual graduate colloquium in Scripture, Interpretation, and Practice took place March 22–23rd. The plenary speaker was Libyan Ambassador to the U.A.E., Dr. Aref Nayed. To watch his plenary address, "Scriptures as Operational Artifacts," check out the conference website.
A small group of us from around Harrisonburg, Virginia gathered together on Monday night to do a little SR and to plan a few SR events for the spring. We jumped into talking about al-Qasas 28:23–28, the story of Moses's finding refuge in Midian . . . . It's that taking moral initiative that makes her bashful, but not so bashful that she doesn't act. She does. She helps. . . .