Be Ye Doers of the Word and Not Hearers Only Start Doing

Wednesday Night Programs

Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel and
dinner at 6:00 p.m. in Valentine Hall.

Christian Journey

Wednesdays 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Michaux House, Room 304

This engaging series invites deeper inquiry into issues relevant to the ongoing faith journey of adults. See the full Spring Study Guide here.

Contact:   Hilary Streever, 355-1779 ext. 317

Spring 2018 Schedule

Episcopal Church 101: Epiphany Series on Worship & Liturgy

January 10

The Why of Worship with the Rev. Dr. Bob Friend

January 24

Pew Aerobics: Movement and Motion in Worship with the Rev. Dr. Vienna Cobb Anderson

Maybe you’ve asked some of these questions: Why do Episcopalians stand, sit, kneel so much? Why do some people cross themselves, and some don’t? Do I get to choose what to do when? If these are your musings, or you have others, come and solve the mysterious aerobics of the Episcopal Church.

January 31

The Work of the People: How Do We Create Worship? with the Rev. Dr. Vienna Cobb Anderson

Why is liturgy often referred to as the work if the people?” Are there rules and regulations? Who determines who does what when? What is worship? How would I create a ritual? To discuss these questions and any other ones you may have, come discover the joys of celebrating together and what makes it work.

February 7

Liturgy of the 21st Century with the Rev. Dr. Vienna Cobb Anderson

Why do we need new liturgies for the 21st century? What makes a liturgy outdated?  Why do so many millennials not come to church? How does our liturgy encourage and support a culture than treats women with disrespect? Are these some of your questions? Then join in the discussion!

February 14

Ash Wednesday (No program)


The Ache of Addiction: Lenten Speaker Series

See Sunday morning Short Courses for more speakers

February 21

What Really Causes Addiction?: Science Speaks to Our Assumptions

Dr. Danielle Dick, Professor, VCU Developmental Psychology Program, Departments of Psychology and Human & Molecular Genetics

For too long, addiction has been treated as an issue of moral shortcoming or sin, but now we are learning that it is a disease of the brain. Dr. Danielle Dick, parishioner and VCU professor, will give valuable and surprising insights into addiction from the intersection of biology, genetics, and psychology. Nurture or nature…or both?


February 28

Do Less Harm: Public vs Punitive Health in the US Response to the Opioid Crisis

Dr. Mishka Terplan, MCV Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

We will review the history of opioid use and public policy/public health in the US with particular emphasis on the War on Drugs.


March 7

The Opioid Crisis: Past, Present, and Future

Mike Zohab, Retired Richmond Police Captain, Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services

Retired Richmond Police Captain Mike Zohab was with the Richmond Police Department for 29 years. He is currently with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, as the Opioid STR Grant Coordinator. Join him for a discussion of what has been, what is now, and what will be the role of law enforcement in the opioid crisis, and why he founded the Virginia Recovery Foundation.


March 14

Families Dealing with Substance Use Disorders: Hope and Healing….

The Rev. Teresa McBean, Pastor of North Star Community

Substance Use Disorder and families are a traumatic, toxic mix.  Fortunately there is both hope and healing available for the family and their loved one.  Teresa will talk about what families can do to support the work of recovery….for the entire family.


March 21

Addiction, Spiritual Direction and Grace

The Rev. Dr. John Kerr

Addiction is different from habituation. Addiction is a disease, not a moral life-style choice which can be judged in itself, though its effects can result in crime. How a spiritual director might take an addict beyond twelve-step programs will be the theme of this lecture/seminar.


March 28 & April 4

Holy Week and Easter Week (No program)


April 11

Poetry Matters

Sofia M. Starnes, 2012-2014 Virginia Poet Laureate and poetry editor of the Anglican Theological Review

“Whenever I am asked why poetry matters, particularly for a theological journal, I focus on three things: beauty, meaning, and longing. These three things hold unique relevance for those with the inexplicable and risky desire to know God and who cannot let go of the belief that life has meaning. But how does this occur? And—to stretch the question further—how might the same poem express its meaning both in theological and in non-explicitly theological confines? This poetry reading, which aims to provide enjoyment (a poem is meant to be enjoyed!) will focus on those questions, and lead—I hope—to an open conversation about poetry in general and particularly in journals like the Anglican Theological Review.”


April 18 & 25

Interfaith Dialogue with Congregation Beth Ahabah

Dinner: 6:00 in Valentine Hall; Dialogue: 7:00 p.m. in Joel House

Our annual Interfaith Dialogue with Congregation Beth Ahabah will focus on the foundational prayers of Judaism and the Episcopal Church. Participants will hear Rabbi Scott Nagel and the Rev. Dr. John McCard in conversation, then have the opportunity to speak together in small groups. You’re invited to participate in the ongoing conversation that continues to build up our relationship with our beloved neighbors.