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Week of October 23, 2006
X-ray technician writes Bible study for the masses
By RAMON GONZALEZ
The Protestant bookstore, on the other hand, would have many studies. But her ladies' group wanted a study with a Catholic approach. "So I started writing my own," she said in a recent interview.
She consulted the Scriptures, other Bible studies and got expert advice from scholars like Inglis, now pastor at Hinton's Our Lady of the Foothills Parish, to write her study.
Meding is no Bible scholar but has learned a lot about the Bible through personal study, lectures, retreats and parish involvement. She has been involved in Bible study groups and has served in parish-based programs like the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults since 1984. Over the years she has taken countless courses, lectures and retreats.
For instance, she spent the weekend of Oct. 13-15 in Red Deer taking the Live In Jesus Retreat with her husband Ed. They have been attending the retreat for 23 years.
Meding's own Bible study group tried the Come to Me study and gave her an A plus, with group members saying it brings life to the Sunday readings for them. Other groups that have successfully tried the Come To Me study include ones in Bonnyville and Lloydminster.
The study uses simple language to explain each of the readings and uses reflection questions to apply the readings to daily life. The question that follows the reflection on the reading on wisdom, for example, is how important is wisdom to you and how do you seek it in your own life.
"This study is user-friendly to small groups," Meding says. "This puts it down to where the average person in the pew can relate and can relate it to their lives and grow."
Meding spent at least one day a week working on the study for the past seven years. "I averaged eight to 12 hours a lesson," she said.
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