June 28, 2013

Bishop Henry Parsley at St. Mary's Sewanee

St. Mary’s Sewanee has a long history with the Episcopal Church.  Our 250 acres of bluff, woodland and pasture were first hallowed by the Sisters of St. Mary in 1885.  Earlier this year, the SMS Board of Trustees, in a desire to strengthen our ties to the Episcopal Church, named The Right Reverend Henry Parsley as our Bishop-in-Residence. Bishop Parsley is offering a variety of resources for spiritual growth and faith formation. 

The week of July 7-14, in addition to serving as the Chaplain at the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, the bishop will offer a bible study at SMS on Wednesday, July 10th, and be the speaker at the Academy for Lifelong Learning on Thursday, July 11th.

The bible study, "What is our Hope, Here and Now, Now and Then? will explore the theme of hope, particularly in light of the sufferings of the present time. Romans 8 will serve as the guiding text to frame what is sure to be a lively and substantial time to connect the living of our own lives with the scriptures of the Christian faith. 

On Thursday, the Lunch and Learn talk will be a theme of great passion and knowledge for Bishop Parsley, southern literature, and in particular the writings of Flannery O’Conner.

The bible study is from 10:00 am to Noon on July 10th at SMS. Lunch and Learn is Thursday beginning at Noon also at SMS.  Both events are free.

To register and for more information:

Call: (800)728-1659 or (931)598-5342

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For those who have ever been with Bishop Parsley, you know what a treasure he is as a teacher and guide for Christian faith.  If you have yet to have such an opportunity, I eagerly invite you to one or both of these upcoming events and encourage you to be on the lookout for future Bishop-in-Residence offerings.

Thomas R. Morris