By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
The Parish of Saint Matthew annual Stern Lecture—which will take place in three sessions on March 1 and 2—will feature lecturer Debie Thomas, an author and speaker.
“Thomas is a sought-after speaker on scripture, faith, writing and spiritual practice who holds a master’s degree in English literature from Brown University and an MFA in creative writing from the Ohio State University,” according to a press release from St. Matthew’s. “She currently serves as Minister of Lifelong Formation at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, California. A columnist and contributing editor for The Christian Century and author of ‘Into the Mess and Other Jesus Stories,’ Thomas has also been published in The Kenyon Review and River Teeth.”
Each year, the Stern Lecture features talks on spirituality. This year’s series will cover content from Thomas’ upcoming book, “A Faith of Many Rooms.”
The first session—“Into the Wilderness: On the Virtues of Lostness”—will take place on Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. followed by the second session, March 2 at 9 a.m., on “Beyond Belief: Living a Stories Christianity.” The third session—“But What About Sin? Inhabiting a More Spacious Salvation”—will take place March 2 at 10:30 a.m.
There will be a short break between sessions two and three, as well as a light lunch offered after the sessions at 12 p.m.
“The Stern Lecture was established in 1986 by Dr. W. Eugene Stern in memory of his wife, Libby Naffziger Stern, and is dedicated to bringing international scholars to The Parish of St. Matthew for lectures and preaching opportunities,” according to the press release.
Thomas will also serve as guest preacher during the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services on March 3.
The talks are free to attend, but registering in advance at stmatthews.com is required.
Stern Lecture 2024 will take place at The Parish of St. Matthew, located at 1031 Bienveneda Avenue.