2017 Lenten Speaker Series: Anglican Communion

Photo Apr 05, 6 28 07 PMThis year’s Lenten Supper and Speaker series focuses on Christian Community. On Wednesday, April 5, the series continued by focusing on the great worldwide Anglican Communion. As Weezie Blanchard said, “Tonight, we move on to how we at St. Mary’s have relationships in the greater Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion which is worldwide. There are Anglican or Episcopal churches on every continent, well, maybe not Antarctica.”

Last night’s speaker was Buck Blanchard, Director of Mission and Outreach for the Diocese of Virginia and Staff Officer for Global Mission Development for The Episcopal Church, who emphasized, “Our challenge to figure out is how do we connect to the place in the world that God has enabled us to connect with and where we have some sort of natural affinity, some reason to connect. Then we have to actually go and visit those people because to see what they do, experience what they experience is what we’re called to do by getting out in the world.”

To see a full map of the Anglican Communion, click here. And listen to Buck’s talk in its entirety below:

2017 Lenten Speaker Series: Diocesan Community

Photo Mar 22, 6 46 38 PMThis year’s Lenten Supper and Speaker series focuses on Christian Community. On Wednesday, March 22, the series continued by focusing on the Diocesan community. As Weezie Blanchard wrote, “A vibrant Christian community consists of more than just attending a service on Sunday morning. Involvement in other aspects of our common life is essential to creating a sense of belonging, nurturing faith, and strengthening community.”

Last night’s speaker was the Rev. Andrew Terry of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, who reflected on ties between St. Mary’s and St. Peter’s and our mutual ties to the Diocese. He said, “We see these tiny little contributions in our congregation, tiny little threads that are woven. When we begin to walk around to the other side and see the full expanse of our diocesan family and how its working in god’s salvation and history. We see the beauty and ornate work of God using us. I want you to keep that as an illustration of the Diocese.”

Listen to Andrew’s talk in its entirety below:

 

2017 Lenten Speaker Series: Christian Community

This year’s Lenten Supper and Speaker series focuses on Christian Community. On Wednesday, March 15, the series began by focusing on the St. Mary’s community. As Weezie Blanchard wrote, “A vibrant Christian community consists of more than just attending a service on Sunday morning. Involvement in other aspects of our common life is essential to creating a sense of belonging, nurturing faith, and strengthening community. Tonight, several St. Mary’s parishioners will tell us what has made St. Mary’s a vibrant Christian community for them.” Please listen to hear Seth Schaeffer, Robin Lind, and Sydna Street each beautifully share their St. Mary’s stories.

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Robin Lind, Sydna Street, and Seth Schaeffer (from left to right)