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.

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?

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.

What else happens?

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.


Information on the next MIQRA is coming soon.

Learn more

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.