In this course, we will learn how to approach the Bible in a manner that bridges the gap between church Bible study and formal academic Biblical interpretation. Our aim is to create a safe space for both critical engagement and spiritual transformation. Over the course of six weeks, we will explore the place of the Bible in the United Church of Christ, the development of the Bible over time, and methods of studying the Biblical texts to discern meaning and purpose for our own faith lives and for the exercise of our pastoral roles as preachers and teachers.