A student approached me with an irresistible request. â€śIâ€™m looking for someone to supervise an independent study for me,â€ť she said. â€śI want to read Charlotte BrontĂ«â€™s novel Jane Eyre as a sacred text. Would you be interested?â€ť
Vanessaâ€™s ministry is to seek ways of creating sacred community among diverse groups of people. From Judaism she inherits a conviction that reading together is one of those ways. Each week we read a portion of Jane Eyre together, trying to understand Janeâ€™s theology, studying how Jane is transformed through her interactions with others, listening for the ways in which she and other characters are made vulnerable by love.