Lenten Speaker Series: Growing into Full Maturity

Paul in Ephesians talks about how we are to grow into “the stature of Christ.” This season, watch how Lent (and our speakers) give us tools for deepening and stretching our faith.

Each Wednesday during Lent join us for noonday prayer at 12:30 pm with lunch offered at 12 pm and 1 pm in Satterlee Hall. Click here to register for lunch.

Our Lenten speakers will also speak later that evening following supper at 6:30 pm in Satterlee Hall. Please register for supper in advance here.

online-Paul-abernathy.jpgMarch 13: Paul Roberts Abernathy

The Reverend Paul Roberts Abernathy, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, is a graduate of Westminster College and the General Theological Seminary. Father Abernathy served congregations in Columbia, Missouri, Chicago, IL, Charleston, SC, and Washington, DC. Since December 2015, he began his tenure with the community of Epiphany Episcopal Church, Laurens, SC, as priest-in-charge, part-time.

He has held various positions in the Church including as a four-time General Convention deputy and an adjunct faculty member of the College of Preachers of the Washington National Cathedral Foundation.  He has delighted attendees when has preached here before.

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A priest-scholar, Fr. Austin's background is in both parish ministry and the academic world as a former parish rector and university professor. In 2005, Fr. Austin served as Theologian in Residence at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City. His book, Up with Authority: Why We Need Authority to Flourish as Human Beings, was published by T&T Clark and was shortlisted for the distinguished 2013 Michael Ramsey prize. Saint Thomas Church published a collection of his short pieces, Priest in New York: Church, Street, and Theology: reflections on theology and everyday life. His most recent book, Christian Ethics: A Guide for the Perplexed, is also published by T&T Clark. Finally, Losing Susan, a theological reflection on the loss of his wife, was published in 2016. Follow his blog: Diary of a Theologian.

chuck-robertson.jpgMarch 27: Chuck Robertson

The Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D. is Canon to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for Ministry Beyond the Episcopal Church and Distinguished Visiting Professor at The General Theological Seminary, having previously served on both congregational and diocesan levels. Chuck is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation, vice president of the board of the Anglican Theological Review and General Editor of the “Studies in Episcopal & Anglican Theology” series through Peter Lang Publishing. He also is author of over a dozen books including Barnabas vs. Paul and Why Go to Church?


warne-2e1466431709492.jpgApril 3: Gilliane Warne

Gillaine Warne was born and educated in Australia and has been traveling to Haiti for over 15 years. She has concentrated her efforts in creating an agricultural program to combat the effects of malnutrition in children. Producing and supplying the Zanmi Lasante health clinics with a RUTF (ready to use therapeutic food) and forming a Family Assistance program, she has now expanded her efforts to building a Vocational School to promote sustainable agricultural programs, and up to date, safe building practices.

Her work in Haiti has been acknowledged by many. She is the recipient of The Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award, the Garden Club of America Horticultural Award, the Order of the Palmetto, and been honored with a Doctor of Humanities from Furman. She continues to spend time between Haiti, South Carolina, her family, and her own garden

Philip4.jpgApril 10: Philip Yancey

Growing up in a strict, fundamentalist church, a young Philip Yancey tended to view God as “a scowling Supercop.” Yancey jokes today about being “in recovery” from a toxic church. “I realized,” he reflects, “that God had been misrepresented to me. Cautiously, warily, I returned, circling around the faith to see if it might be true.” Ever since, Yancey has explored the most basic questions and deepest mysteries of the Christian faith. Early on he crafted best-selling books such as Disappointment with God and Where is God When it Hurts? while also editing The Student Bible. More recently, he has felt the freedom to explore central issues of the Christian faith, penning award-winning titles such as The Jesus I Never Knew, What’s So Amazing About Grace? and Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? He currently has more than 15 million books in print, published in over 50 languages worldwide.

Bishop-Waldo-photo.jpgApril 17: Bishop Waldo (Noonday prayer only)

Andrew Waldo was elected the eighth bishop of Upper South Carolina in December 2009. He was raised in Montgomery, AL, the second of six children in an Episcopal clergy family, and received degrees from Whittier College, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee. Ordained in the Diocese of New Hampshire, he has served as rector of Trinity Church, Excelsior, MN, and of St. Mark’s, LaGrange, GA, and as curate of Grace Church, Manchester, NH. Bishop Waldo’s recreational interests include railroad history, music, and N scale model railroading.