Have you ever wanted to read the Bible but you just don’t know where to start?....
... or you feel like there’s a different way to read than the way you were taught growing up?
Journey into the Bible
Learn faithful ways to engage with Scripture that take seriously context, history, and explore what the texts mean for us today.
Here's what you'll get when you enroll today
We're going to cover:
Tools for reading Scripture better
From differentiating different types of writings, to understanding when something is literal (and when it’s not), to figuring out when things were written (and what that matters)!
How to take your study deeper
Where do you go when you have questions? How can you dig deeper to find out what certain words mean?
A deep dive into Exile and Empire
Understanding these contexts will bring Bible stories alive in whole new ways (and allow them to speak deeply to our situation today).
Fun assignments that will help you internalize everything you’re learning
Put everything you’re learning into practice through fun exercises and opportunities to share what you’re learning with others.
Does any of this sound familar?
I've been there too...
Growing up I was taught that the Bible was the literal, inerrant Word of God. Not only that but any question I had could be answered by simply opening up the Bible and reading. Anyone who said otherwise was sinning and deceived.
Imagine my shock when I learned, later, that reading the Bible in this way is actually a pretty modern invention! And not only that but there are lots of other ways to read Scripture that are not only MORE faithful but also more life giving!
But learning to read in a new way felt overwhelming. I felt like I had to throw out everything I had been taught and start over.
Thankfully over years of doing this work I’ve learned that you don’t need a seminary education to learn to read the Bible better; there are a few tools that will help you to go deeper and make better connections.
I’m so excited to share them with you in this course!
– Fr. Shay
And so have others...
“I must say that this in that transition period [between going to an unaffirming church and finding a new church home] the courses and community here became, in my mind, the real manifestation of the Body of Christ for me. This space will forever remain in my heart as the place where I learned that I deserved more than tolerance, and could ask God for more grace as manifested in a community ‘in real life’”
– Jon Carl
After years of rejecting Christian scripture because of narrow, imperialist interpretations, Queer Theology has helped me reclaim it as a tool for making meaning in my life.
I joined hoping to find a place to go deeper in my explorations without having to apologize for either my queerness or my Christianity or even my doubts about the divinity of Christ.
It has been all that and more. Truly the community I’ve been searching for. We explore and question together. We celebrate one another’s joys and share in each others tears. And we always know we have a safe place where our whole self is welcome.
3 Month Sanctuary Collective Membership
In addition to getting support from Brian and Fr. Shay in Slack, you’ll also be able to connect with the wider Sanctuary Collective community — over 300 amazing people from around the world.
You also get access to the other premium resources inside of Sanctuary Collective: a digital magazine, a collection of digital books, and our extensive library of on-demand workshops. With more added regularly!
Dedicated Discussion App
A dedicated app (Slack) keeps you connected to our growing community. We’ve got dedicated discussion channels for reading the Bible, prayer requests and mental health support, creativity, and more; plus s a general channel for just being in community, getting to know each other, and sharing life together. This is the heartbeat of our community and you will always have trusted and understanding friends and mentors you can turn to share life’s struggles and joys as we grow together.
Resurrecting Faith is part Fr. Shay’s personal story and part activities, ideas, and prompts to guide you moving beyond “deconstruction” so that you can build a faith that fits you and brings you a full and fulfulling life.
SPIT & SPIRIT a digital magainze
Our lives are not so easily divisible:
soul & body // sacred & profane // righteous & sinful
The 13 issues of Spit & Spirit seek not just to uncover whether it’s ok to be gay/bi/trans but also to illuminate what LGBTQ+ people have to bring to the table of faith and spirituality. Our lives are complex, complicated, messy even. This is especially true for LGBTQ+ Christians as we seek to sort out the difference between what the spirit tells us and what society tells us — for better or for worse — about our lives, loves, bodies, faith, and humanity.
Issues include PRIDE (SHAME), SEX (BODIES), TRUTH (POWER), COMMUNITY (ISOLATION), and more
Walking Toward Resurrection: A Transgender Passion Narrative
Walking Toward Resurrection looks at the passion of Christ stories through a transgender lens and in doing so reveals a deeper meaning for all Christians, while providing a new framework for understanding the trans experience. You’ll finish inspired to find queerness in other parts of Scripture…
… and you’ll be able to do just that with Claiming Your Spiritual Story, a companion journal that guides you through reflections on the text and helps you begin to identify the threads and touchstones of your own spiritual story.
There’s so much more to Sanctuary Collective than we could ever capture with words and numbers, but we’ve tried. In addition to everything you see here, we also have pop-up events like monthly video group discussions and spiritual direction coaching, a book club, a space to discuss the week’s podcast, and weekly discussion prompts.
We are also constantly adding new resources to increase the value you receive. But more than “resources,” Sanctuary Collective is about growth, community, and transformation. We’re here to celebrate with you, grieve with you, and support you in building a faith that fits and a life that you love.
Some Common Questions You Might Have
The lessons & video lectures and accompanying workbooks are available on-demand. You’ll have instant access to the complete course and you can go through the materials on your own schedule.
We designed the course so that you can go through it at your own pace and with as much depth as you’d like. Some power through the course doing a unit a week. Others “go slower” and spread out going through everything over a much longer period of time. Whatever works for you is what works! This course is designed to be done at your own pace (and you have lifetime access to it).
There’s also a dedicated channel for the course in our Sanctuary Collective online community app (Slack).
You can connect with other participants, past and present, ask questions about the materials, share your work, and more. You can also take advantage of all the other channels. It’s an awesome group of folks!
Your registration comes with a 3 month membership to Sanctuary Collective as a bonus, which means the community is included!
We’ve designed this course so that even if you’re totally new to the Bible you can get something out of it. We’re going to be walking you through several passages as well as helping you to make connections between your own story and the text. But we’re not going to throw you into the deep end without a life preserver! Even if you don’t know much about the Bible, if you enter in with an open heart and a willingness to read the text you’ll be just fine!
We’ve found that even lots of folks who grew up in progressive communities weren’t given the tools to study the Bible on their own. So even if you have heard lots of progressive interpretations of Scripture, if you still don’t know how to find those interpretations on your own, this course will be helpful. We’ll do some overviews of how to read the Bible, but then go into practical tips and tools for continuing to do this work on your own.
Straight, cis folks who are asking this question are the exact ones we want to be taking this course! (no thanks on ppl barging in and throwing their privilege around) We think that queering theology is important for straight folks too and so we would absolutely love to have you. We have had straight, cis people participate in the past and it’s been a positive experience for everyone. If you bring the same sort of mindfulness to the space that you’re bringing to this question and to consideration of this course, you’ll be in a great spot.