St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Monday, April 27, 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.  
 
Saturday, April 18, 9-noon | REGISTER HERE |
Online registration will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 17. If you want to attend but have not registered by that time, please come anyway--you may make your donation at the door.
 
This event will be held in the Undercroft (also known as the "Boy Scout Room") on the basement level of the parish house. Please part in the Three Chopt Road parking lot for this event. (Handicap parking is also available next to the church playground.)
 
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 sees things 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.