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 this parish but for the larger church and the community.
Past speakers have included Barbara Brown Taylor, John Philip Newell, Harvey Cox, Anne Lamott, Mary Oliver, Jane Hirshfield, Jon Meacham, Becca Stevens, Martin Laird, Lauren Winner, Martin Smith, the brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, and many others.
All events are open to the general public. You do NOT have to be a member of St. Stephen's to attend. Many, though not all, of these events have a suggested donation, but please do not allow this to be a barrier--see the information at the bottom of this page about suggested donations.
St. Stephen's also offers a variety of retreats and workshops, a poetry series, and the Sunday Forum meets at 10:10 a.m. in the Large Fellowship Hall between our 9 and 11:15 a.m. services. The Forum often welcomes guest speakers; more details about the Forum schedule for 2017-18 will be available here later this summer.
Books by our speakers are available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's.
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. If you prefer to pay a different amount, please stop by the parish office to register, or call 804.288.2867.
Fred Bahnson and Heber Brown // Food and the Beloved Community // Saturday, September 16 // audio.
John Philip Newell // The Celtic Vision of John Muir // Thursday, October 19
Father Martin Laird: Advent retreat, Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. REGISTER HERE
'Seeing through the illusion of separation from God'
Natasha Trethewey, former U.S. Poet Laureate: poetry reading, talk, book signing, Thursday, January 25, 7 p.m. Tickets are required; they are free, but donations are welcome.
Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE: Lenten retreat, Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17; additional information and registration available soon
The Rev. Becca Stevens, founder of Magdalen and Thistle Farms and author of Love Heals: workshop, Saturday, March 17; additional information and registration available soon. Read more about Becca here, and a recent feature about her here.
Please call the parish office at 804.288.2867 if you have questions.