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‘Great American Eclipse’ Bible study offered for Aug. 21 solar eclipse

Free study available for individual, congregational, ministry use|Free study available for individual, congregational, ministry use

As we anticipate the total solar eclipse Aug. 21 — called by some “The Great American Eclipse” due to its rarity — Concordia Seminary, St. Louis has created a free Bible study to mark the event titled “The Great American Eclipse and Our Creaturely Sense of Wonder.”

The Bible study, written by Dr. Charles Arand, invites congregations, small groups and individuals to explore our “sense of wonder” in God’s creation through Scripture. It is designed as a one-day study but may be extended into two or three sessions.

All of North America will be able to see an eclipse of the sun Aug. 21. The path of totality — where the moon will completely cover the sun — will cross the United States from West to East, from Oregon to South Carolina. The path of totality, which is about 70 miles wide, will pass through 14 states. The last total eclipse in the contiguous United States was in 1979.

“Events like the Great American Eclipse may capture our attention because they seem so rare, so out of the ordinary, indeed, extraordinary,” writes Arand, who is the Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke Graduate Professor of Theology, dean of Theological Research and Publication, and director of the Seminary’s Center for the Care of Creation. “And there is nothing wrong with being fascinated by events like total solar eclipses.

“But we also shouldn’t forget that our world is filled with wonders all around us.”

To view or download the study, visit the Concordia Theology website here.

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