St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
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Guest Speakers 2014-15

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!
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.  
Upcoming speakers:
Sunday, March 22, 7 p.m. | No registration needed
"So you think you know CARITAS?"

Karen Stanley and Thomas Bannard

If you have been at St. Stephen’s–or any Richmond church–for awhile, you probably know about CARITAS, the community-wide organization that works with local faith communities to provide shelter to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness. St. Stephen’s has partnered with CARITAS for many years. (Caritas is Latin for “love” and the letters also stand for Congregations Around Richmond Involved to Assure Shelter.)

But how well do you really know this organization? Did you know that it helps people when they are able to secure housing by providing a community-supported furniture bank? Do you know about CARITAS Works, which offers job and life skills development? Or the Healing Place, that helps men achieve sobriety?

On Sunday, March 22, Karen Stanley and Thomas Bannard of CARITAS will be at St. Stephen’s to tell us more about the many ways, beyond temporary shelter, CARITAS is addressing the causes and effects of homelessness. No reservations are needed. Just come to the Fellowship Hall after the Sunday Community Supper and before Compline.


Saturday, April 18, 9-noon | REGISTER HERE

Also: Sunday, April 19, 10:10 a.m. in the Sunday Forum

Jay Ford and James Farwell
Multiple Religious Participation: Can I be a Christian and a Buddhist?
(With maybe a little Jewishness and agnosticism/atheism on the side?)

Fewer people nowadays care much about denominational titles and affiliations. Your neighbor who is a Presbyterian seesthings in pretty much the same way as your Baptist and Episcopal friends. The idea that God is at work in different Christian denominations is not surprising, and you might fully expect God to reach you in meaningful ways through a friend’s church that is very different from your own.  

But what about participating in different religious traditions? Can you be a devoted participant in one tradition, while you also draw on the wisdom, insights, and even divine revelation in others? The Apostle Peter notoriously said, “God shows no partiality.” Does that apply in this case?

Two speakers will be at St. Stephen’s this spring to examine questions like these. Jay Ford (pictured far left), chair and associate professor in the department of religion at Wake Forest University, and James Farwell (left), professor of theology and liturgy at Virginia Theological Seminary. You may remember Jay from his visit to St. Stephen’s in 2012, when he spoke on “Being Christian in a Pluralistic Kingdom.”
The suggested donation for this workshop is $25, which you may pay with a debit or credit card when you register online. If you plan to pay more or less than the suggested donation, please register in the parish office.