St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Saturday, January 31, 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 include:
    Kathleen Singh
Fares Naoum
Frank Griswold
Kathleen Dowling Singh | Saturday, January 24, 2015, 9 a.m.-noon | REGISTER HERE
"The Grace in Aging" | Suggested donation $25 

Kathleen Dowling Singh visited St. Stephen's Church in 2011 to explore the ideas in her book The Grace in Dying. So many people were moved and helped by her workshop that we've asked her to return. 

This workshop will be a deeper exploration of her new book, The Grace in Aging:  Awaken As You Grow Older.  It is intended for those who have ever had spiritual aspirations: to inspire, encourage and offer practical suggestions as to how we might ripen spiritually while living our aging years. We will focus on doing our own spiritual inventory, hone our intention to awaken, and learn of practices that we can incorporate into our lives, just as we are living them, to become more than merely old, more than only self.  The workshop will include teachings, meditation, private contemplation, and ample time for questions, answers, and shared insights.
Fares Naoum | Sunday, January 25, 2015, 7 p.m. |  No registration

The Center for Interfaith Reconciliation, based at St. Stephen’s, will present Fares Naoum, a fourth generation Anglican from Shefa’amr in lower Galilee, for an evening talk in Palmer Hall. Fares will speak about life in the Holy Land, the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, and reflect upon his own spiritual journey as member of the Christian minority in the Middle East. Fares graduated from Mar Elias High School in Ibilin in1997 and worked for more than 10 years as an engineer assistant. When he received his calling to ordained ministry, he began to study at the University of Derby, an extension in Haifa-Israel, for three years, and graduated in 2009 with a degree in psychology. Fares has served in several churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and, in 2012, became a full-time student at Virginia Theological Seminary where he is currently preparing for the priesthood. Fares’ brother, the Rev. Canon Hossam Naoum, is the dean of St. George’s Anglican Cathedral in Jerusalem and first non-English clergyperson to serve in this position. 
The Rt. Rev. Frank T. Griswold | Saturday, February 21, 9 a.m.-noon (Lenten Retreat) | REGISTER HERE
Also: Sunday, February 22, 9 and 11:15 a.m. services and Sunday Forum

The 25th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church will visit St. Stephen’s to lead a Lenten retreat, preach at Sunday morning services, and speak in the Sunday Forum.

The first Saturday in Lent is often an occasion for a Lenten retreat at St. Stephen’s. Bishop Griswold will lead this offering from 9 a.m. to noon on February 21. “With Jesus in the wilderness: a journey of dis-illusion and discovery” is the title of this event. 

“The Spirit who descends upon Jesus at his baptism later drives him out into the wilderness to discover the deeper significance of who he is and is called to be,” says Bishop Griswold of the focus on this retreat. “We are called to make that same journey, in union with Jesus, and with the help of that same Spirit.”
The bishop will also preach at the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services and speak in the Forum on Sunday, February 22. The topic for the 45-minute forum is prayer. 

“The 17th century priest/poem George Herbert describes prayer as ‘God’s breath in man returning to its birth,’” writes Bishop Griswold. “We often approach prayer as a duty or task, and feel overwhelmed or inadequate. How can I pray?  What is the purpose of prayer?  These questions lodge within many of us. If we look at prayer in the life of Jesus and other persons of prayer across the centuries we may find answers to some of our questions.” 

Bishop Griswold served as the 25th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church from 1998 to 2006. He previously served as bishop of Chicago (1987-1997) and bishop coadjutor (1985-1987). He was ordained to the priesthood in 1963 and served three parishes in the Diocese of Pennsylvania before being elected bishop. He is a graduate of St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., Harvard College and Oriel College, Oxford University. 

Bishop Griswold continues a ministry of teaching, preaching, writing, lecturing and leading retreats, nationally and internationally. Since he completed his term as presiding bishop he has served as a visiting professor in seminaries and universities in South Korea, Cuba and Japan, as well as at the Episcopal Divinity School and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Virginia Theological Seminary and Seabury-Western. He also serves as episcopal visitor to the Society of St. John the Evangelist. His books include Going Home (Cowley Publications Cloister Book) and Praying Our Days: A guide and companion (Church Publishing Group). St. Stephen’s Church presents Praying Our Days to adults when they are confirmed here. It is available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's.
Coming April 17: Jay Ford and James Farwell
These colleagues will discuss the increasingly popular practice of "Multiple Religious Participation." Details TBA