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Visit the new "Participants Speak" Bulletin Board to read responses to your comments by the Genesis project participants. This week: a new response by Father Alexander Di Lella and others.

WHO'S FEATURED THIS WEEK?

Azizah al-Hibri, Robert Alter, Bharati Mukherjee Eugene Rivers III, Lewis B. Smedes, Elizabeth Swados, and Burton L. Visotzky can all be seen in this week's program. This study group includes a Hindu, a Muslim, a Conservative Jewish Rabbi and two evangelical Christians. There are experts -- theologians and a translator -- as well as laypeople -- a lawyer, a writer and a musician. Check out the biographies section of this Web site to find out more.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN DISCUSSION GROUPS

Dr. Todd Davison, medical director of the Behavioral Medicine Center in the Columbia Hospital at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, has integrated a Genesis study group with the hospital's spiritual healing program. The discussions are inter-faith, including university faculty, a chaplain, psychiatric patients, and members of an on-campus synagogue. To stimulate discussion this week, they watched the film "Jesus of Montreal." After the movie, they practiced civility skills by rebuking, forgiving and analyzing the unattractive qualities of the film's characters. In future weeks, participants will use these skills to talk about GENESIS: A LIVING CONVERSATION.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Check out information about ordering a set of videocassettes, audiocassettes, the companion book, or the Resource Guide. The project contributors have written some of the best books available on Genesis. Check out References.


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A Family Affair

A Family Affair

If we look deeply into the stories of Genesis, we see the complex people of today. In this story, Sarah struggles with her own childlessness and her relationship with Hagar, who bears Abraham's first child. Read this week's story of A FAMILY AFFAIR in your Bible in Genesis, Chapters 16-17, 21, or hear Alfre Woodard tell it in this Web piece.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"You can feel abandoned while at the same time believing that God is there." - Reverend Eugene Rivers III, co-founder of the Azusa Christian Community in the Four Corners area of Dorchester, MA.


WHAT DO YOU THINK?