St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Thursday, December 12, 2013
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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, January 26 Rector’s Forum—The Rt. Rev. HUMPHREY PETERS, Bishop of Peshawar (Pakistan) See a video about the status of Christians in Pakistan HERE.
Thursday, January 30 at 7 p.m.—CHRISTIAN WIMAN, author of My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer. This American poet and editor is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and has taught at Northwestern University, Stanford University, Lynchburg College in Virginia, and the Prague School of Economics. In 2003, he became editor of the oldest American magazine of verse, Poetry, and now teaches literature and religion at Yale Divinity School. Read a review of his book in the New York Times here. | TICKETS
Saturday, February 8 workshop and Sunday, February 9 Sunday Forum—The Rev. FRANCIS (Frank) WADE, former rector of St. Alban’s, Washington, D.C., and a leader in the Episcopal Church, is the author of The Art of Being Together (available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's). He will visit St. Stephen's to conduct a workshop on strengthening our relationships. You may register online HERE, or bring or mail a check to St. Stephen's Church, 6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23226.
Sunday, March 2, Sunday Forum and subsequent lunch session—BERNARD McGINN, theologian, historian, and scholar of spirituality, affiliated with the University of Chicago, where he is Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity in the Divinity School. Since his retirement in 2003, he has continued to publish scholarly work, and is the preeminent scholar of Western Christian mysticism. He is the author of several books, including Crossroad's The Foundations of Mysticism, The Flowering of Mysticism, and The Growth of Mysticism, as well as The Mystical Thought of Meister Eckhart. No sign-up is required for the Sunday Forum, but your reservation for the mid-day session helps us plan lunch; here is the link.
Friday, March 7 (6-9 p.m.)-Saturday, March 8 (9 a.m.-noon) Lenten retreat, and Sunday, March 9 Sunday Forum—Br. CURTIS ALMQUIST of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, former superior of the monastic order, and a beloved retreat leader here. His Lenten retreat will focus on forgiveness.
You may sign up online HERE. The suggested donation is $35 ($15 for students). If you wish, you may attend only Friday evening or Saturday (suggested donation is $20 for each day). Friday supper is available for $8. 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.
Saturday, March 22 workshop (9 a.m.-noon) and Sunday, March 23 Sunday Forum—The Rev. JOHN PHILIP NEWELL is known for his teaching on Celtic Christianity and author of Christ of the Celts, A New Harmony: the Spirit, the Earth, and the Human Soul and many other titles. The suggested donation for his talk (which includes a book signing) is $20. Register online HERE, or bring or mail a check to St. Stephen's Church, 6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23226.
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.
Prof. DALE MARTIN, Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, will be our Biblical Scholar-in-Residence next spring. He will be at St. Stephen's for two weekends in 2014, 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 description is 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
*You can listen to these talks on our Forum page.