Coats to Lecture About Hope Amid Anger in Contemporary America

Mr. Jamie Coats, director of the Friends of The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE), will present a series of reflections on finding hope amid emptying churches, poisoned drinking water, college debt and caste/race discrimination. His lecture will take place in Hargrove Auditorium as part of the Dean's Forum series.

SSJE is an Episcopal religious order of Brothers and as a trustee of the Trustees of Donations to the Protestant Episcopal Church. He oversees formation outreach and fundraising for the Brothers.

Every morning, he prays: "Ride out! With gentle voice. In name of Christ, celebrate a whole life with no dichotomy, a riot of visual imagery, to open eyes, to spiritualize."

Coats helped initiate "Brother, Give Us a Word" a daily email meditation from the SSJE Brothers that is received by thousands worldwide.

He is involved with a number of social media projects that help people to pray. Recent projects include helping launch the world’s first crowd-sourced Advent Calendar,, for the Anglican Communion and that teaches people to write prayers in the seven classic forms: adoration, praise, thanksgiving, penitence, oblation, intercession, and petition.

Coats helped develop SSJE's interactive five-part Lent meditation courses on themes such as Love in the Gospel of John, “Its Time To,” and “Growing a Rule of Life.”

Coats is a poet and shares his personal writing at He curates the blog sites and




Hargrove Auditorium