Province V-Lenten Bible Study

Escaping the Whale, Queen, and Valley: Healing and Understanding the Suicidal Crisis

A Virtual Lenten Bible Study

Mondays in Lent: Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3

7:30-9 pm ET / 6:30-8 pm CT


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 Preview Night!

Monday, February 13, 2023, 7:30 pm

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​Attend the Preview Night, meet the instructors, and learn a bit more about this resource.

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What if we told you that the usual thinking about suicide in the Bible is wrong? This six-part Bible study will dive deep into several classic Hebrew Scripture events to uncover an innovative approach to suicide ideation and crisis. Using the stories from Jonah, Elijah, Ezekiel, and the Psalms, we will see the lives of these crucial individuals anew when they were in despair and darkness. We will also discover how God returned them to a place of light, love, and hope.

With the support of a dedicated website, you will engage the text in compelling ways. Each session will explore a biblical text. Afterward, we will engage in a lively discussion, allowing you to ask relevant questions and consider new ways to help people amid mental health crises. By the end of our study, you will be armed with biblical texts and tools to reframe your thoughts about suicide and the Bible.

Creators and Leaders

Stephen L. Cook is the Catherine N. McBurney Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at Virginia Theological Seminary, the largest seminary in the worldwide Anglican Communion. You can learn more at

Robert D. Flanagan has been a priest in the Diocese of New York for two decades, serving large and small congregations and helping parishes with their priestly transitions. Bob is also Chaplain at General Theological Seminary and Dean’s Advisor and Teaching Fellow at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Register to receive your personal link and reminders

All those who register will receive reminders and materials. Because of the sensitive nature of the conversation, these sessions will not be recorded. Come when you are able to participate in this new resource.

graphic created by Christopher Hillak, Northern Indiana

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