St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Guest Speakers 2013-14

St. Stephen’s is known for the quality, breadth and depth of speakers who visit the parish, including renowned theologians, writers, poets, and monks. Our speakers series has become a resource not only for our own church but for the larger church and the community. All events are open to the general public--you do NOT have to be a member of St. Stephen's to attend. Suggested donations, where applicable, are listed with the information about each speaker. If you wish to pay more or less than the suggested donation, please bring or send a check to the parish office, 6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23226. If you plan to pay the suggested donation, you may sign up and pay online using the lnks below.
Books by our visiting speakers are available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's.
Upcoming speakers include:
Sunday, April 5 workshop (9 a.m.-noon) and Sunday, April 6 Sunday Forum—The Very Rev. KATHERINE (Kate) BINGHAM MOOREHEAD, is the Dean of St. John’s Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida, and author of Organic God: Lenten Meditations on the Words of Jesus and other books. Her morning workshop will focus on Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene was one of the greatest disciples of Jesus. She alone was present at the foot of the cross in all but one of the gospel accounts. And Mary was the first person to witness the resurrected Christ. And yet, she is shrouded in mystery and controversy. Who was Mary? What did it mean when she was described as being possessed by demons? How is Mary like you and me? How can we too witness the resurrected Christ? You may register for the workshop HERE. If you prefer not to pay online (or if you wish to pay more or less than the suggested donation), you may mail or bring a check to St. Stephen's, 6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23226. 
Thursday, April 10 lecture (7 p.m.)KEVIN POWERS, author of Yellow Birds
Richmond native Kevin Powers is a U.S. Army veteran of the war in Iraq and author of the internationally acclaimed novel The Yellow Birds. This groundbreaking novel, published in 2012, deals with the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home, while telling the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive in Iraq. You will recognize many of the Richmond locations in the novel. It has been translated into Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Kevin Powers studied English at Virginia Commonwealth University and received an M.F.A. in poetry from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. The suggested donation is $25 ($10 for students). Registration is here.
Biblical Scholar-in-Residence: Prof. DALE MARTIN, Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University,is our Biblical Scholar-in-Residencethis spring. He will be at St. Stephen's for two weekends, March 29-30 and April 26-27, teaching a two-part series on the historical Jesus on Saturdays. During these visits, he will also speak in the Rector's Forum. A more detailed description and registration are here.

Past speakers during the 2013-14 program year:
September 22: Jill McCorkle (pictured), author of Life After Life and other books*
October 13: Victoria Loustalot, author of This is How You Say Goodbye*
October 17: Anne Lamott, author of Help Thanks Wow and other books
Friday, October 25: Dr. Andrew Newberg, "This is Your Brain on Spirituality"
Sunday, October 27: The Rev. David Robert Anderson, author of Losing Your Faith, Finding Your Soul*
Saturday, November 9 and 10: The Rev. Becca Stevens, founding director of Magdalene/Thistle Farms*
Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, December 1: The Rev. Martin Laird, author of Into the Silent Land and A Sunlit Absence, an authority on the contemplative tradition
Thursday, January 30: Christian Wiman, author of My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer
Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9: The Rev. Frank Wade
Sunday, March 2: Bernard McGinn speaking on Christian mysticism*
Friday-Sunday, March 7-9: Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE * (Sunday forum talk available)
Saturday, March 22: John Philip Newell, "Light at the Center of Every Cell"
*You can listen to these talks on our Forum page.