Pop-Up Theology

St. Mary’s is exploring occasional evening or mid-week formation opportunities, both at the church and in the area. Watch your email for pop-up opportunities, check the calendar, or contact the office about what’s going on this month.

This Advent, we are using the readings from A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church, Year W by Wilda C. Gafney.

This is a completely new lectionary built from the ground up – but fear not! Familiar passages are included. It includes a new gender-expansive translation of the biblical texts, so the language will sound different than our usual New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) translation.

Each week, the bulletin will include Gafney’s text notes to provide additional insight into the texts, so you can look at them before Sunday if you choose. We hope these texts will help us deepen and broaden our understanding of God and God’s work in the world as we seek to hear God’s call to us.

We welcome conversation around the texts as we journey through the season; please come to in-person coffee hour, or come to Edwards hall on Tuesday mornings at 10 am (November 30, December 7, 14, and 21) for a group discussion.

Gafney is a Hebrew biblical scholar and Episcopal priest, a former Army chaplain, and congregational pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. She is a graduate of Duke University (PhD) and Howard University (MDiv). In addition to her biblical scholarship, she is also an editor, essayist, and author of several other books, and is The Right Rev. Sam B. Hulsey Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School.