13: Coffee with Stephanie Spellers

Spellers1The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers is an author of Radical Welcome and The Episcopal Way. She teaches at General Seminary. And she is the first of about 45 faith leaders interviewed that I’ve had to edit (just once) to keep my “clean” rating. (It’s always the sweet ones, isn’t it?) We had lots of good laughs and many sanctified moments. Stephanie has served as a priest in Boston and New York. You might, therefore, be surprised to find out how different and distant her hometown is.

Stephanie Spellers is one of the Episcopal Church’s leading thinkers and consultants around 21st century ministry and mission. Click on The Center for Progressive Renewal for a video introduction to Stephanie.

StephanieSpellersLet yourself be touched by stories with deep roots that affect her decisions to this very day. Hear about Miss Fred and how Stephanie (almost) started a chapter of the NAACP. Pull up a chair. Bring your coffee and try not to spill or, in the case of this interview, spew with laughter.

Benediction from the interview, a poem by Jalaluddin Rumi:

God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall, go to the limits of your longing. Embody me.

Flare up like flame and make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. Don’t let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life. You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.


The Center for Progressive Renewal

General Seminary

Episcopal Divinity School

Wake Forest

Radical Welcome

The Episcopal Way by Stephanie Spellers and Eric Law

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