The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South


Bishop Taylor to Lead Quiet Day

St. Mary's Retreat & Conference Center,

The School of Theology's Quiet Day will be held at St. Mary’s Sewanee Retreat & Conference Center. The Rt. Rev. Porter Taylor will lead the retreat.

The topic for Taylor’s presentation is “Growing into Christ: In the Light; in the Darkness; in Community.” Quiet Day will focus on transformation particularly for future clergy and will concentrate on the growth that occurs when pulled and pushed by the Holy Spirit. As St. Paul states in Ephesians, this process “promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.” In each of the three sessions, the particularity of walking in the way as a future ordained person will be addressed. The retreat will conclude with an examination of how this growth brings people together and makes a new sense of community possible.

Taylor was ordained as the sixth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina Sept. 18, 2004. He grew up in Asheville, N.C., and earned his B.A. degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his M.A. in English from the University of South Carolina, and his Ph.D. degree in theology and literature from Emory University. He received his M.Div. from The School of Theology at Sewanee and served at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Franklin, Tenn. Before his call to the Holy and Sacred Order of Bishops, he served seven years as rector of St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens, Ga. He is the author of To Dream as God Dreams: Sermons of Hope, Conversion, and Community, and From Anger to Zion: An Alphabet of Faith. Taylor is married to Jo Taylor, who is a research nurse. They have two children, Arthur & Marie.

The seminary community is invited to attend. If you are planning to attend, please contact Michelle Berkhouse.