Welcome to Wood Hath Hope!
We are a small group discovering the message of Jesus as peace and hope for our world. We believe Jesus’ life and teaching are shifting the human landscape toward nonviolence and forgiveness, even as the crisis of our times continues to build.
We come from different church backgrounds, and none. We are united by a study and understanding of the bible which shows God’s plan was always to overcome violence and death in the world. This belief brings us together as community. We meet for prayer and celebration, and do simple service for others.
AND NOW SOMETHING WONDERFULLY NEW! WHH HAS BOUGHT A HOUSE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF SYRACUSE. IT WILL SERVE AS A CENTER FOR OUR COMMUNITY WITH THE NAME 'BETHANY'. AS YOU CAN SEE BELOW IT'S A BIT OF A FIXER-UPPER. WE WILL BE DEMOLISHING THE WOODEN REAR EXTENSION TO REBUILD WITH A CUSTOM MEETING AND PRAYER SPACE, PLUS GUEST APARTMENT. IT HAS A STUNNING BACKYARD NEXT TO A CITY PARK. IDEAL FOR PRAYER, GARDENING AND THE HEALING SPIRIT! THE BARTLETTS WILL HAVE THEIR PERSONAL QUARTERS IN THE BRICK PORTION.
AS YOU CAN IMAGINE THIS IS TAKING QUITE A BIT OF CASH TO FINANCE. PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TO WOOD HATH HOPE / BETHANY. DETAILS VIA 'CONTACT.'
Our Story & Vision...
More about us.
Previous studies archived on this page. We begin with the Parallel Study of Mark and John which we completed December '08.
JESUALITY : A Course In The Imitation Of The Master
Did you ever wonder what it may have been like to hang out with Jesus before doctrinal formulae took over?
Just as another human being, but one who definitely had a way with him, things to say and do that made a difference?
Here is a Whh course that tries an answer to these questions. The format begins with a basic theme in Jesus’ story, and as it is connected to those around him in the gospels. Then each person shares directly with one other person about comparable experiences and situations in our own life.
The principle is one of imitation. Not simply conscious or deliberate imitation, but the kind that happens in the deep structure of our brains before we hardly know it. The kind described in words like “empathy” or in the science of “mirror neurons.”
We take a look at some of this science at the beginning of the course. and within the larger framework of what is called “mimetic theory.”
At the end of every session, after the one-to-one sharing, there is a time of prayer in which each partner prays for the other before the whole group. In this way each person is lifted up in the Spirit by all.
Program: Songs and prayers, 20 minutes; presentation about 40 minutes; sharing in pairs about 30 minutes (different pairs per week ); group prayer with each partner praying for the other.
Why Wood Hath Hope?
We chose Wood Hath Hope as a name because our small community came to birth in the aftermath of a freak tornado that hit Syracuse in September of 1998.
It upended trees, pulled down power lines and left stumps and splintered branches all over the city. This suggested to us the verse from Job quoted above, which refers to more than just trees --rather the way God can work to regenerate a broken world.
Meetings at our usual place, Fridays 7.00pm. Further details, left panel below
Re. our recorded studies. Parallel Gospels are here. The Archive page is at limit, with studies on John and Re-Reading the Bible. Notes on Tony's book, Virtually Christian, are transferred here. The Present Study page has become our general Gospel Study page, beginning with our meetings on The Lord's Prayer. And we've added an exciting new page, critical for transformative theology, Paul & Earliest Christianity.
HERE ARE SOME COOL LINKS TO SHARE!
First to a beautiful sister community recently sprung up here in Syracuse, Isaiah's Table, some of whose members also come to Friday night study.
And check out Theology & Peace (also on facebook), a vital conference organization promoting transformative theology; and take a look at the contemporary commentary on its blog page.
A lot of stuff was developed in the blogs over time, so we've added key pieces under the title Transforming Violence. They're not so much a systematic treatment but a series of camera-phone images which present a picture. The content is part of who we are and how we understand ourselves as emerging Christians in the 21st century.
Wood Hath Hope offers non-traditional bible study, historically based, with an anthropology of non-violence. Look inside for details...