MIQRA  (meek • rah) is an overnight retreat that focuses on the Bible and allows teens to discover what’s in it, why we should care, and how to read it.

Why do we have this event?
The Bible is obviously important to the Christian faith, but many Christians may not know what’s in it, may find it difficult to read, or may not know how it is relevant to their life. This event offers teens a chance to come together, make friends, ask questions, and learn about God’s love letter to the world.

What’s with the name?
“MIQRA” is a Hebrew word, which means “A public reading of scripture" or simply "Bible" as it refers to the ancient Jewish practice of listening to a reading from scripture.

Is the Bible read out loud at MIQRA?
Yes! We take turns reading out loud, and will read for approximately 18 hours! The reading is voluntary and participants take turns reading in shifts around the clock. With our shortened schedule this year, we'll be reading the New Testament and passages from the Old Testament.

We also do a LIVE STREAM of the reading so that those around the diocese can join in and follow along if they like. Just follow the link.

What else happens along with the reading?
So many fun things happen at MIQRA! We'll play wacky games all around the church. We'll have a movie night. We will worship with fun and lively music. Participants will attend engaging workshops on various biblical topics and hear clergy speak about the bible. Those who attend will also meet with a small group several times to make friends and talk about what they’re discovering about the Bible through the event. Check out the tentative schedule.


When: Postponed - TBD. (Begins at 10 am on Saturday and ends at 12:30 pm Sunday after church at St. James. Parents welcome to attend church service.)
Where: St. James Cathedral
Who: Youth in Grades 7-12
Registration Fee: $30
Priority Deadline: TBD (price increases by $10 after this date)
Registration: Online Registration is now open. If you register online, you DO NOT need to submit any other paperwork or forms. If you cannot complete online registration, you may submit a paper copy registration. Download the Youth Medical Release Form, and return by mail to Chad Senuta • 65 E Huron • Chicago, IL 60611, by email, or by Fax (312-262-2964.)

Promote MIQRA in your congregation

Download the FLYER for the event and post it or send to youth/families in your church!

Learn more about MIQRA and where it came from

MIQRA began in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas in 2002 and has also been held three times in the Diocese of Chicago since 2010. Read the profile on Miqra at Key Resources, a web site from the faith formation curators in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, a service of Virginia Theological Seminary.