Pilgrim: The Beatitudes

A Course for the Christian Journey

By Stephen Cottrell, Steven Croft, Paula Gooder, Robert Atwell, and Sharon Ely Pearson

Mar/2016, 64 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780898699449

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Pilgrim is a teaching and discipleship resource that helps inquirers and new Christians explore what it means to travel through life with Christ. A Christian course for the twenty-first century, Pilgrim offers an approach of participation, not persuasion. Following the practice of the ancient disciplines of biblical reflection and prayer with quotes from the Christian tradition throughout the ages, Pilgrim assumes little or no knowledge of the Christian faith. Individuals or small groups on the journey of discipleship in the Episcopal tradition can use Pilgrim at any point.

Pilgrim is made up of two parts, each with four courses contained in four booklets:
Follow: Do you turn to Christ?
1. Turning to Christ
2. The Lord's Prayer
3. The Commandments
4. The Beatitudes

Grow: Will you continue in the Apostles' teaching and fellowship? Releasing August 2016
5. The Creeds
6. The Eucharist
7. The Bible
8. Church & Kingdom

Each course offers six sessions each that combine a simple prayer, reflection on a biblical selection using lectio divina, an article by a modern writer, and reflection questions.

There is also Pilgrim Leader Guide which is an essential tool for anyone who wishes to offer any portion of Pilgrim in a small group, whether in church, school, or home.

Course 4. The Beatitudes: The Beatitudes are a short but profoundly beautiful and influential collection of sayings by Jesus. They sum up his teaching about what it means to live as a child of God's kingdom. This course believes that following Jesus requires us to engage with this important text, so that it is restored to a central place in the life of the Church. We believe that the Beatitudes, and trying to live them out, is one of the best ways of loving God with all your heart and understanding the Christian vision for the world.

Stephen Cottrell is the Bishop of Reading in the Church of England. He has written or contributed to Reflections for Daily Prayer, the Emmaus discipleship course, Traveling Well, and Praying Through Life, all published by Church House Publishing.

Steven Croft is the Bishop of Sheffield. From 2004 to 2009 he was Archbishops’ Missioner and Team Leader of Fresh Expressions. Former warden of Cranmer Hall, he spent 13 years in parish ministry.

Paula Gooder is a freelance writer and lecturer in biblical studies, a Reader in the Church of England, and a lay member of the General Synod. She is also a Trustee of SPCK and the Saltley Trust and an honorary Canon Theologian at Birmingham and Guildford Cathedrals. She is the author of A Way Through the Wilderness and the best-selling Lent course Lentwise, and co-author of the Pilgrim course and Love Life, Live Advent.

Robert Atwell was Vicar of Primrose Hill, London, from 1998 though 2008, when he joined the episcopate. Formerly a lecturer in patristics at Trinity College Cambridge, where he was Chaplain, for ten years.  He maintains his link with the Order of St. Benedict.

Sharon Ely Pearson is a Christian educator, editor, and author with 35 years of experience in Christian formation on the local, judicatory, and church-wide level. Known for her knowledge of the variety of published curricula across the church, among her books are The Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education, 3rd edition, Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People, The Episcopal Christian Educator’s Handbook, and Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Theologies of Confirmation for the 21st Century. A graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary and a lifelong Episcopalian, you can follow her at www.rowsofsharon.com.

Pilgrim: The Beatitudes will help those new (and not so new) to the faith make sense of these essential but challenging sayings of Jesus in concrete, practical ways. The scripture-centered lessons are structured to encourage honest, thoughtful conversation and present the radical nature of the Beatitudes without demonizing the culture in which we are called to live them. A particular blessing awaits in each week's "Sending Out" materials: a short but inspiring selection of Christian writings drawn from a broad range of ancient and modern teachers of spiritual wisdom.
—Kyle Matthew Oliver
Digital missioner and instructor, CMT@VTS
Lead curator, e-Formation Learning Community

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Keywords

  • Pilgrim
  • Small Group Study
  • Faith Formation

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