Category: Parish Life

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February 9th, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Online (ZOOM)

Join facilitators Dr. Christine Luckritz Marquis and Dr. David Coogan on Wednesday, February 9th at 7:00 pm on Zoom for an engaging conversation with Dr. Leonard Edloe on Faith, Culture and COVID.



Leonard L. Edloe is the retired CEO and Pharmacist of Edloe’s Professional Pharmacies, which were located in Richmond, Virginia, the Pastor of New Hope Fellowship in Hartfield, Virginia, and a consultant at Westwood Pharmacy.

Upon graduation in 1970 from the Howard University College of Pharmacy, Dr. Edloe joined his father, a 1934 graduate of the College, in the practice of pharmacy. He has distinguished himself as both a professional and a community leader. Not only did he grow the practice from one location to four., Dr. Edloe was always on the cutting edge in his profession.

Since the day he entered practice, Dr. Edloe took a special interest in minority students who wanted to enter the profession. Many of the African American pharmacists in the Richmond area were mentored by him or trained in his pharmacy. His interest in students and the quality of service he provided to his patients resulted in him being appointed to the clinical faculties of the Howard University, College of Pharmacy; the Hampton University, School of Pharmacy; the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, and the University of South Carolina School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Edloe is the author of numerous articles on patient care and is a speaker to pharmacy groups at the local, state, and national levels. He was one of the youngest pharmacists elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Pharmacists Association. He served as President of the American Pharmacists Association Foundation. He also served as a member of the Virginia Pharmacists Association Research and Educational Foundation and has served as President of the Richmond Pharmacists Association. Presently he is President-Elect of the Virginia Pharmacists Association. He is currently serving as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Howard University College of Pharmacy.

For 13 years, Dr. Edloe served as Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Susan, Virginia. Since 2010, he has led New Hope Fellowship. After only two years of existence, the church purchased a 7,200-square-foot educational and worship center on 10 acres of land.

For nine years, Dr. Edloe hosted a weekly radio show on health, religion and politics. Explaining to many their medications and the complicated health system in our nation.

Dr. Edloe also serves as Adjunct Professor of Christian Ethics at the John Leland Theological Center School of Ministry.

In addition to his B.S in pharmacy from Howard University, Dr. Edloe earned a Master of Divinity from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University and a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Florida School of Pharmacy and a Master of Theology from Union Presbyterian Seminary. He is an alumni Fellow in the Clergy in Rural and Underserved Areas at The Center for Church and Community of Campbell University.

Dr. Edloe resides in Mechanicsville, Virginia, with his wife Serita, and is the father of one daughter, Leonard Lenisse Edloe.

More details about this series:

In the Bible, faith “is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) Culture, by contrast, is known in what we can see: the customs, arts, institutions and other achievements of a particular group, nation, or people. Clearly, faith and culture intersect. But how? Toward what end? Can multiple faiths and cultures exist side by side in a public life in which everyone can flourish?

These sessions will be in a Zoom webinar format.

Learn more about the co-facilitators:

David Coogan is an associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University specializing in rhetoric, the teaching of writing, and prison literature. He is the author of Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail, and The Public Work of Rhetoric: Citizen-Scholars and Civic Engagement. And he is the founder and co-director of Open Minds, a program that brings service-learning classes into the Richmond City Justice Center, and the director of Write Your Way Out: A Criminal Justice Diversion Program, which enables low-level offenders in Richmond to avoid incarceration by coming to VCU to write their ways out of the narratives that lead to incarceration. Coogan hosts a podcast, Writing Our Way Out, based on the book by the same name and featuring the co-authors he met in the Richmond City Jail. You can learn more at

Dr. Christine Luckritz Marquis, Associate Professor of Church History and Master of Theology Program Director at Union Presbyterian Seminary. She received her M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School, Luckritz Marquis earned her Ph.D. in Early Christian Studies from Duke University. She has been teaching at Union since 2013. Her teaching and research expertise explore early Christian communities and their practices, especially late ancient communities in Egypt, Syria, Ethiopia, and the Arabian Peninsula. Her interests include memory and spatial practices, the role of violence in identity formation, material culture, and Christian interactions with neighboring Christians as well as non-Christians, especially Jews and Muslims. Her first book, Death of the Desert, explores how memory and spatial practices were transformed by acts of violence among Egyptian ascetics (UPenn Press, 2022). When she’s not teaching or writing, she enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her family.

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January 30th, 2022 at 5:00 pm
Online (ZOOM)

You’re invited to join us for a virtual social hour on Sunday, January 30th!

We will gather on Zoom from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and break out into a few small groups to introduce ourselves and answer some fun, guided questions. Come as you are – everyone is welcome!

For those of you who enjoyed virtual coffee hour you will not want to miss this! This is a great way to get to know other folks in the parish if you are new, curious about St. Paul’s or have been around for a while. Mark your calendars!

Join by computer, iPad or iphone: CLICK HERE

Join by phone call: +1 301 715 8592 | Meeting ID: 858 8347 1797 | Passcode: 930514

We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Keli Shipley Cooper.

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Again | Rev. Charlie Dupree

Here we are again. It’s the beginning of the new year and we’re still scratching our heads, wondering how to plan ahead, be with one another, and offer classes and fellowship opportunities.

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April 29th, 2022 at 3:30 pm
Shrine Mont Retreat and Conference Center
217 Shrine Mont Circle
Orkney Springs, VA 22845

And there was evening and there was morning, the first day . . . (Genesis 1:5)

The rising and setting of the sun are physical, spiritual, and creative rhythms of our DNA. What does our own tradition tell us about the sacred mysteries of morning and evening? Join Charlie as he explores the rites, music, imagery, and poetry of the Episcopal tradition to unlock the subtle holiness of sun and moon, and how you can incorporate them into your own patterns of living and prayer.

Join us for our Annual Parish Retreat at Shrine Mont in Orkney Springs, VA on April 29th – May 1st. This is a time when all are welcome to join us for a weekend in the mountains. The Rev. Charlie Dupree will be leading our programming. There will be plenty of opportunities for fellowship and spending time in nature with one another- not to mention sharing meals! Due to COVID, we have a limited number of spaces available.

Registration is full. Please scroll down to put your name on the waiting list.

Costs for Registration
Single Occupancy ($180)
Double Occupancy (Shared Room – $130 per person)
Youth (13 to 17 yrs – $130)
Child (4 to 12 yrs – $60)
Child (0 to 3 yrs – $0)

There is a family cost cap of $350 which will be applied when the registration is completed. Childcare is available and you will be able to indicate in your registration if you would like to have childcare at any point in the weekend.

SCHOLARSHIPS: If you need a scholarship of any amount, please complete your registration, choose “pay in-person” and contact Rev. Keli Shipley Cooper regarding scholarships.

WAITING LIST FORM HERE | Registration is Full. Please fill out this form to be placed on the Waiting List. We will follow up with you if spots become available.

** We will continue to follow COVID safety precautions and develop protocol for the retreat as we get closer to the date, this includes requiring vaccination for those who are eligible. If you have any questions about this – please contact Rev. Keli Shipley Cooper.

If you have questions about retreat programming, logistics and lodging contact Rev. Keli Shipley Cooper. If you have any questions or need help with registration, contact Sarah Nolan.

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December 22nd, 2021 at 6:00 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church

For some, Christmas can be a painful, difficult, and lonely time of year because of the recent loss of a loved one or painful memories. The Liturgy of the Longest Night, also known as “Blue Christmas,” is symbolically held around the Winter Solstice. This service creates a sacred space to lift up our grief and lament to God as we wait together in hope and longing for the Eternal Word Made Flesh to be born anew in our weary hearts and world. Please join us for this special service of Holy Eucharist on Wednesday, December 22nd at 6:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s.

In-person and live-streamed. Please e-mail Linda Willis by Sunday, December 19th if you need childcare.

Liturgy of the Longest Night | Wednesday, December 22 @ 6:00 p.m. | Click for Service Leaflet

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December 12th, 2021 at 11:15 am
St. Paul's Parish Hall

Are you interested in learning more about St. Paul’s? You are invited to join St. Paul’s Rector, Rev. Charlie Dupree, on Sunday, December 12th following the worship service (~11:30 a.m.). It will be a time to get to know each other and Charlie who will answer questions and take a deeper look at who we are as a church and community. We will gather in the Parish Hall (first floor of the Parish House). Childcare is available upon request by Wednesday, December 8th. Please REGISTER HERE and e-mail the Rev. Keli Shipley Cooper with any questions.

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