Co-hosted by St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and St. James’ Episcopal Church

Sponsored by The Order of the Daughters of the King®

Advent Quiet Day with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Saturday, Dec. 11, registration opens at 8:30 a.m., and the program is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. In The Church and Online.

A $20 fee will cover costs for those attending in person.

As we consider the theme of the day, “Hope, Joy, Peace and Love,” the Most Rev. Michael Curry will lead this reflective day of prayer, meditation and contemplation. You will also hear St. Martin’s Wayne Watson, Director of Contemporary Music, as he performs meaningful hand-picked musical selections to accompany Bishop Curry’s message. This day is central to St. Martin’s Advent traditions and is open for everyone. A $20 fee will cover costs for those attending in person. St. Martin’s Outreach Ministries will also be hosting a food drive for Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) during Advent Quiet Day. You are encouraged to bring hearty soups, canned fruit and vegetables, canned chicken and tuna, and bags of rice and beans.

Meet Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

St. Martin’s will warmly welcome the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, in December, and we will offer a plethora of opportunities for you to spend time with him as he preaches, teaches and carries his message to our Parish and beyond. Presiding Bishop Curry is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as Chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church. He was installed
as the 17th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on Nov. 1, 2015. He was elected to a nine-year term and was confirmed at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 27, 2015.

The descendant of enslaved Africans brought to North America by way of the trans-Atlantic slave routes, Presiding Bishop Curry was born in Chicago, Ill., on March 13, 1953. Presiding Bishop Curry’s father was an Episcopal priest and his mother was a devout Episcopalian. She died at a young age and Presiding Bishop Curry, along with his sister, were raised by their father and grandmother.

Presiding Bishop Curry was graduated with high honors from Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., in 1975. He received a Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, Conn.

In 2018, his sermon for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drew world-wide attention as he urged Christians to put love at the center of their spiritual and political lives–including the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior.

He has written five books: “Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times” (2020); “The Power of Love” (2018); “Following the Way of Jesus: Church’s Teachings in a Changing World” (2017); “Songs My Grandma Sang” (2015); and “Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus” (2013).

Featuring Wayne Watson

Wayne Watson, Grammy Award-winning Christian music artist who brought Christian music to the national stage, serves as St. Martin’s Director of Contemporary Music. He leads a talented contemporary music team that is dedicated to creating opportunities for people to become disciples of Jesus Christ and to grow in their faith. Watson, whose talents connect with audiences of every generation, leads strong, contemporary music components of St. Martin’s Family Table and upcoming Riverway contemporary service. Before joining St. Martin’s he led contemporary worship for more than 12 years at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, and has a national reputation for his accomplished skills as a vocalist, instrumentalist, choral director, composer, conductor and teacher.

Other Guests

The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge
Dean and President, Seminary of the Southwest

The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge is the eighth Dean and President of Seminary of the Southwest. She was appointed in 2013 after serving on the faculty as the Ernest J. Villavaso, Jr. Professor of New Testament and as academic dean. She has taught at Harvard University and the College of the Holy Cross and serves as assisting priest at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin.

The Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill
Rector of St. John the Divine, Houston

The Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill is a native of Virginia and graduated from the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee). Before moving to Houston in January, he was a long-serving rector at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tenn. He has also served as Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal in Jacksonville, Fla., and as associate and assistant rector at parishes in Alabama and Virginia.

The Very Rev. Barkley Thompson
Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Houston

The Very Rev. Barkley Thompson serves as the eighth dean and 22nd Rector of historic downtown Christ Church Cathedral, the oldest church in Houston. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College, a master’s in religious studies from the University of Chicago and a master of Divinity from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. He served parishes in Virginia and Tennessee before arriving in Houston.

The Rev. Victor Thomas
Rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Houston

A cradle Episcopalian, the Rev. Thomas has served as Rector of St. James Episcopal Church since 2009. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and received a master of divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkley. He has also served parishes in Pennsylvania where he was elected as a deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church and chaired the Bishop’s Commission on Racism for the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.

The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.
Rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

The Reverend Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. and his wife, Laura, live in Houston, Texas, where he has served as Rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church since 2007. Dr. Levenson has served parishes in Alabama, Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana and Florida. He holds a bachelor’s of arts degree, cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College, s a master of divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham.