New day class forming next fall for Bible study
Seeking Truth, a weekly Bible study in Omaha that combines lectures and artwork to illustrate the presentations, is adding a day class this fall at Christ the King Parish in Omaha.
The day class provides another option to the study that already includes an evening class, satellite classes and an online distance learning program.
Presented by Sharon Doran, an experienced Bible study teacher with master's degrees in education and pastoral theology with an emphasis on Scripture, the Bible class formed two years ago at the invitation of the Archdiocese of Omaha Office of Catechesis and Evangelization.
Evening and day classes for 2013-2014 will be held Thursdays, Sept. 12 through March 20. The day sessions will run from 1 to 2:45 p.m. and the evening classes, held at Creighton Preparatory School, are from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m.
Currently 270 people participate in the evening class, with more than 100 people in Lincoln signed up to watch live via the Internet. The lectures are recorded and available on the study's website, where more than 250 people from around the world participate through a distance learner program.
The course costs $50, or $20 via the Internet.
Doran also will present the day-class lectures, and the class format will mirror the evening class with praise and worship music, small group discussion and leadership training.
"I find great joy in helping guide others to a Catholic understanding of Sacred Scripture," said Doran. "What a joy it is to navigate through the Bible and see that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Father's great plan on every page."
The study focuses on Scripture and incorporates the "Catechism of the Catholic Church," lives of saints, papal documents, personal applications and challenges of current culture.
Cindy Jandrain, a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Omaha, has been participating as a distance learner since 2011, and she is joining the day class.
The study has helped her grow in her faith and knowledge of Scripture, Jandrain said.
"I just love the combination of the excellent imagery in the slides and Sharon's joy. It creates within me such a better understanding of biblical events," Jandrain said.
"I think for a seeker living in today's world - at least for me - there is no better approach to learning about the Bible than the way Sharon presents Scripture to us," she said. "The thousands of quick-moving images we see on the Internet, television and in life in general leave a hole in the soul that she is filling with some good, holy imagery."