Bible Workbench: Proper 22, October 4, 2009

Text: Mark 10:2-16

Consider a valued relationship in your life – a marriage, civil union, partnership, friendship or affair. Ponder those times when you have thought about ending, leaving or simply walking away from the other—when you have had it, or whatever “it” was was slipping away, or you were simply pulled toward another. How would you describe what was at the heart of your discontent, restlessness, urge to leave? What did that (or those) unsettling times reveal to you about your spouse, partner, lover, companion or friend?  About you? In hindsight what was it about yourself that you hoped to leave behind, say goodbye to or even escape? How did such a time of painful reflection reveal something to you about your own self that could not be divorced? What do you now know as a result of the struggle about how two people can become one flesh in a way that abides to the end?

– Bill Dols (


2 responses to “Bible Workbench: Proper 22, October 4, 2009

  1. After 3 years of engaging with BW with a group of clergy and laity, I decided to bring the program into my Unitarian Universalist congregation. While I’m excited about the prospect, I’m unnerved that the very first text we’ll be working on will be Mark 10:2-16–one with which I (especially as a divorced/remarried woman) have grave difficulties…Yikes!

    • Rosemary-
      Glad to hear of your starting out a new group. We’d be interested in hearing how it goes. As the writer for this particular Sunday, I don’t mind saying that it is a difficult text to deal with. It’s one of those that had been used to judge and separate people from the community, and someone commented to me that they weren’t sure that anything could really be done with it.

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