Author Archives: HAT

About HAT

Heather Thiessen (HAT) is a happily married 60-ish, Bible-reading, Presbyterian Church Sunday School teaching and choir singing, small fuel efficient car driving, still pretty much 2nd wave feminist and generally out lesbian Hoosier mom. (There are no monochrome states.) From time to time she teaches religious studies to students at a small liberal arts college in Louisville, Kentucky.

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

A very short and possibly overly personal reflection on the topic of the Uniform Series text (Genesis 17:1-14) for Sunday, September 10, which was also the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time: It was difficult. It was difficult to do the … Continue reading

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Shabbat shalom

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Questions for Reflection and Discussion (Genesis 17 1-14)

Here are a few questions about the Uniform Series text for this coming Sunday (Genesis 17:1-14) that we might want to consider in class: In v 5, God changes Abram’s name to Abraham. (God also changes Sarai’s name to Sarah … Continue reading

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Exegetical Exercise (Genesis 14 1-14)

The Uniform Series text for Sunday, September 10 is Genesis 17:1-14, with the whole chapter as background. Here are my [very few] exegetical notes: Background: Abram enters the Genesis narrative in chapter 12, with YHWH saying to Abram to leave … Continue reading

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Happy Labor Day!

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Something like a sermon, on Genesis 9:8-17, the Uniform Series text for Sunday, September 3] Does God learn? That’s a hard question, and maybe a trick question. If God has the characteristics that classical theology has classically ascribed to God … Continue reading

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Questions for Reflection and Discussion (Genesis 8 & 9)

The Uniform Series text we’re studying on Sunday, September 3 is Genesis 8:20-22 & 9:8-17. Here are a few questions that we might want to consider in class: Noah’s first act after the flood subsides and he and his family … Continue reading

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