The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word
that will rouse them.”
“New Lectio Divina” is the term Prof. Kate Burke uses for group Scripture immersion sessions which guide participants through a profound experience of the words of Sacred Scripture. Since the Desert Fathers began the practice of Lectio Divina centuries ago, and it is likely that Scripture was read aloud, this ministry might rightly be called “New OLD Lectio Divina.” Based on actor-training techniques developed at Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre to prepare actors to speak Shakespeare’s text fully and deeply, New Lectio Divina is a journey into the profound messages embedded in God’s Word. “In My Father’s house there are many mansions,” and on earth many “doors” welcome believers to God’s Word. Burke facilitates a cumulative experience of the Word by leading explorations of entire Scripture passages. Sessions are designed to break the ice, allowing a playful yet reverent exploration of the “architecture” of the text, in a supportive, safe space. Reading aloud, repetition, simple movement and call-and-response reveal form and content, the Word’s rhetorical persuasiveness, and God’s intense desire to communicate to each of us, in relationship, through words.
Burke hopes to expand her ministry widely, working with clergy, lectors, church groups and committees, Catholic and Episcopal Dioceses, seminaries, interfaith groups, retreat centers, houses of prayer, monasteries, liturgy arts programs, Bible studies, parish councils, bar and bat mitzvah candidates, and any individuals who seek an intimate connection with sacred Scripture.
Down the road, look under Resources in the menu bar for marked copies of the coming Sunday’s readings, following the cycles of many denominations’ liturgies. Markings reveal the rhetorical structure or “architecture” of a passage, its inherent voice, by identifying the introduction, arguments, build, conclusion, contrasts, highs, lows, and rhythms. Working with a marked text prior to proclaiming the Word enriches the experience for both proclaimer and listener. Go to the Contact section now to send an email request for a marked version of a specific passage, for a fee of $20!