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Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? Does Anybody Really Care?

A conversation on time with Professor Jen Lord and
Christian Orthodox Archpriest Stephan Meholick 

During the peaks of COVID some people used the word “Blursday” to capture the sense of how our days and weeks blurred together with so many of our normal ways of marking time gone. Even without the pandemic, we often live our own versions of Blursday, vacillating between juggling over-busy schedules and feeling anxious if we have too much time on our hands.

What do ancient Christian patterns of time-keeping hold for us today? How are the times of our lives in God’s hands? 
Join Presbyterian minister and Professor of Liturgy and Preaching at Austin Seminary Jennifer Lord and guest, Father Stephan Meholick, for a conversation about matters of time.

Time and Date: Friday, November 5th, 12:30 pm (Central)
Cost: No charge, but registration is required

This webinar is funded by:
The Stanley Robertson Hall Memorial Fund
The Dr. Allen S. Hall, Jr. and Violet R. Hall Memorial Fund
The K.C. Ptomey Memorial Fund

Our Presenters:

Archpriest Stephan Meholick has been rector of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in San Anselmo, California since the spring of 1995. He was born in Northwestern Pennsylvania and as a young boy served as apprentice to Cantor Peter Kennis who learned Carpatho-Russian plainchant at St. Nicholas monastery in Mukechevo, Ukraine. While attending Duquesne University in Pittsburg, Fr. Stephan studied chant and choral music as sung at the great Pochaev Lavra in Volhynia, Ukraine. He was ordained deacon in 1975 and served as the head Deacon for the Hierarch of the Orthodox Church in America (this was before the OCA used the title of Archdeacon, though he served in that capacity) and traveled the United States and Canada. During those years the travels included Fr. Alexander Schmemann.

In the 1975 Fr. Stephan also assumed the position of choir director and lecturer in Liturgics and Church Slavonic at St. Tikhon’s theological seminary in northeastern Pennsylvania. He received his master’s degree from Marywood College in Scranton. In 1979 he was ordained to the priesthood and assigned to Cumberland, Rhode Island. While serving in New England he was appointed chairman of the Diocesan Music Committee. Fr. Stephan also serves as a consultant to the department of Liturgical Music and Translations of the Orthodox Church in America. Fr. Stephan is nationally recognized in the OCA and other Orthodox bodies as an expert in Chant and has also been singled out as the North American expert in liturgical Bell Ringing. 

The Reverend Dr. Jennifer L. Lord is The Dorothy B. Vickery Professor of Homiletics and Liturgical Studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She joined the faculty in 2005. Previously she was assistant professor of Preaching and Worship and Dean of the Chapel at Lancaster Theological Seminary and served pastorates in Nebraska and Upstate New York. She was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in 1990 in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 

Dr. Lord received a BA in English Literature and Ancient Studies from Albion College (1986) where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She received the MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary (1989) and the PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in co-operation with the University of California, Berkeley (2003).  

Her work focuses on liturgical theology informing preaching, presiding/worship leadership, spirituality, and renewal of Sunday worship practices.  In addition, and in relation to these liturgical foci, she researches and presents on Pilgrimage, Liminality studies, and Women’s voice in preaching and liturgical leadership. 

Current book projects include: Pilgrimage: A Lenten Devotional; The Sunday Sermon: A Liturgical Homiletic; Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary; Walk It Out: Pilgrimage, Liminality, and Meaning; and Another Year With the Orthodox: Questions for a Liturgical Spirituality. 

Married to an Orthodox Christian, her participation in the Byzantine Rite continues to inform her comparative analysis of practices including ritual performance, hymnography, preaching, chant, liturgical calendar and its celebrations, the catechumenate, marriage, funeral, and ordination rites, sacramental enactment, morning and evening prayer, and the Sunday Liturgy.