St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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Guest Speakers

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.
Past speakers have included Barbara Brown Taylor, Harvey Cox, Anne Lamott, Mary Oliver, Jon Meacham, John Philip Newell, Martin Laird, Lauren Winner, and many others. Return to this page in the fall for information about upcoming speakers.
All events are open to the general public. You do NOT have to be a member of St. Stephen's to attend!
John Philip Newell, "Celtic Treasure: Lost & Found"
Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 p.m.
An evening with the renowned Celtic teacher John Philip Newell and the celebrated jazz fiddler Duncan Wickel, who will tell the story of Celtic Spirituality through words and music. This event comes from John Philip's experience of attending a performance of Shaker songs by four women, including the Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand. It was a way of bringing spiritual awareness through word and music in a context that was not explicitly religious. "What began to form in my imagination," says John Philip, "was an evening in which there would be Celtic music and spoken word. There would be Celtic music and I would do a combination of reciting ancient Celtic blessings and prayers plus weaving a little talk on the sacredness of the earth from a Celtic perspective." Suggested donation $25. Register here.  
Martin Smith, "Routes to Bethlehem: Making our Way Prayerfully through Advent"
Saturday, November 28, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

David Vryhoff, SSJE, Lenten Retreat "The Gift of Inner Freedom"
February 12-13, 2016
Lisa Miller, author of The Spiritual Child
March 3, 2016, 7 p.m.

A word about suggested donations
We suggest a donation of $25 to attend most events (unless noted otherwise); this usually covers the expenses of our bringing these outstanding writers, teachers and thought leaders to you. We want our speakers to be accessible to all, and we know that some people will be able to donate more than $25, and others less. If you plan to pay the suggested donation, you may reserve your place online using the links below. If you prefer to pay a different amount, please stop by the parish office to register, or send a check payable to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, to the church at 6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226. If you have questions, please call 804.288.2867.