2017 Lenten Speaker Series: Declare A Fast

The prayer book service for Ash Wednesday calls for Lent to be “a season of penitence and fasting.” What does it mean, in our day of high indulgence, to “fast”? When the Hebrew prophet Joel said, “Declare a fast,” how might we respond with what the prayer book calls the “observance of a Holy Lent”? This year’s speakers, renowned for their inspiration and commitment, will help us explore.

Wednesday Lenten Preaching Series

  • 12:30 pm: Noonday Prayer Service in the Cathedral (Lunch available in Satterlee Hall at noon and after the service for $7)  Click here to register for lunch.
  • 6:30 pm: Presentation in Satterlee Hall (Supper begins at 5:45 pm. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children.) Click here to register for supper.

2017 Lenten Speakers

March 8: The Rev'd Lonnie Lacy

The Rev’d Lonnie Lacy was called to be the Rector of St. Anne’s Church in Tifton, Georgia in 2009. Before this, he served concurrently as the Episcopal Chaplain at Georgia Southern University and the Assistant Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church in Statesboro, Georgia. He is a native of the Diocese of Georgia and was ordained to the priesthood in 2006 after graduating from the Virginia Theological Seminary. Lonnie has been a chaplain for Kanuga Camp and Conference Week for guest week for many years.  He and his wife Jay have two daughters.

March 15: The Rev'd Dr. Lauren Winner

Lauren F. Winner writes and lectures on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America, and Jewish-Christian relations. Her books include Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, a study of household religious practice in 18th-century Virginia, A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, and Wearing God. Dr. Winner’s research has been supported by numerous institutions, including Monticello, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. She has appeared on PBS’s “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly” and has served as a commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Dr. Winner, an Episcopal priest, is vicar of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in NC, as well as an Associate Professor at Duke Divinity School.

March 22: The Rev'd Michael Sullivan

The Rev’d Michael Sullivan is president of Kanuga. Prior to serving at Kanuga, Michael was the Rector of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Atlanta. He is a 1989 graduate of Wofford College. He earned his law degree from USC and practiced appellate law in Columbia. During his practice, he discerned a call to priesthood and then completed studies at the University of the South, Sewanee in 2000.  Michael was curate at Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, before being named Canon for Mission at Trinity Cathedral in Columbia.  He then served as rector of St. John’s, Lynchburg, Virginia. Michael is the author of Windows into the Soul and Windows into the Light. He often leads retreats on art and spirituality. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of the South. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, hiking and writing.

March 29: The Rev'd Fleming Rutledge

The Rev’d Fleming Rutledge is known throughout Protestant denominations of the US, and she has preached often in prominent pulpits such as the Washington National Cathedral, Trinity Church in Boston, and the Harvard Memorial Chapel. She explores the intersection of Biblical theology with contemporary culture, current events, literature, music and art. She is the author of eight books, the most recent being The Crucifixion:Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ.  This acclaimed work was named Book of the Year for 2017 by Christianity Today magazine. Other books by Fleming include And God Spoke to AbrahamThe Bible and the New York Times, and Not Ashamed of the Gospel. Fleming is a native of Franklin, VA.  She and her husband live in Rye Brook, NY.  They have two daughters and two grandchildren.

April 5: The Rev'd Deb Richardson-Moore

For 27 years, Deb Richardson-Moore was a reporter for The Greenville News, winning three national writing awards and routine recognition from the SC Press Association. She then took over the religion beat at “The News” and enrolled in a nearby seminary to learn more about it. Her life was never the same. She left the newspaper and earned a master of divinity degree. Because jobs for clergywomen were scarce in her own Baptist denomination, she accepted a job as pastor of the non-denominational Triune Mercy Center, a crumbling, inner-city church to the homeless. Her book, The Weight of Mercy, chronicles her first three turbulent years among her homeless congregants. She published her newest book, The Cantaloupe Thief, in June 2016.

April 12: The Right Rev'd Andrew Waldo (mid-day service 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.