It’s that most wonderful time of the year – except when it’s not. Whether from the pandemic, the election or racial unrest, we’re all feeling a little depleted this holiday season. If you’re looking to recharge your spiritual batteries, join us on Wednesday evenings during Advent for ways we can all use to make room in our hearts for Christ at Christmas. We’ll end each meditation with a brief service of Compline accompanied by music.
This series takes place via live webinar. Advanced registration is required to participate.
Wednesday, December 2
The Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems, Co-Pastor, Ray of Hope Church, Nashville, Tennessee
The Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems is a biblical scholar, a minister, an author, and a public intellectual whose scholarly insights into modern faith, biblical texts, and the role of spirituality in everyday lives has made her a highly sought-after writer and speaker for more than four decades. She has numerous books, commentaries and articles on the Bible and prophetic religion to her credit.
Ordained an elder in the AME Church since 1984, Dr. Weems is a former faculty member of Vanderbilt University Divinity School and Spelman College, and Vice President of Academic Affairs at American Baptist College in Nashville. Dr. Weems is the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Old Testament (Princeton Theological Seminary, 1989). Her beautiful book, Showing Mary: How Women Can Share Prayers, Wisdom, and the Blessings of God, had a profound influence on Vicar Dana’s Advent theology.
Wednesday, December 9
The Rev. Dr. Beth Faulk Glover, Chaplain, New York City
The Rev. Dr. Beth Faulk Glover is an Episcopal priest who serves as the corporate director of Pastoral Care and Education (CPE) at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Glover leads an extensive team of clergy and staff, CPE residents and interns across the five New York-Presbyterian campuses. She was on the front lines of the Covid 19 pandemic New York City faced last spring.
Originally from Virginia, Dr. Glover attended the College of William and Mary and the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. She holds the degree of Master of Sacred Theology in Christian Spirituality (S.T.M.) from the General Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in pastoral care and pastoral supervision from the New York Theological Seminary.
Wednesday, December 16
Brother Lucas Hall, Society of Saint John the Evangelist, Boston, MA
Born in 1992 and originally from Ohio, Br. Lucas moved to Massachusetts and became a brother in the Society of Saint John the Evangelist in 2017. Before testing his call to a monastic vocation, he studied and worked in politics. At SSJE, he currently helps run the brothers’ student ministry and manages the kitchen, as well as preaching and offering spiritual direction. His hobbies include woodworking, writing, baking, kayaking, and hiking. He is particularly interested in the theology of St. Ephrem the Syrian.
Wednesday, December 23
Ms. Debie Thomas, Palo Alto, CA
Debie Thomas is a columnist for The Christian Century, and a staff writer for Journey with Jesus, and she happens to be Vicar Dana’s favorite spiritual writer. Her work includes spiritual memoir, book reviews, and weekly reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary. She also serves as the Director of Children and Family Ministries at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, California, where she lives with her husband and two children.
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- December 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm