Community Lenten Series (Lenten Lunches)

What is the Lenten Series?

During the season of Lent, a season of growth and reflection, we hold a Community Lenten series that involves speakers from different backgrounds and faiths, and delicious lunches for dine-in or carry-out. This year, our theme is “Leaning into Love: Building Unity in the Midst of Difference,” and the St. Paul’s community invites you to come, eat, be together, and hear what our preachers and speakers have to say about “leaning into love.”

2020 Speaker Schedule:

March 4 The Rt. Reverend Jennifer Brooke-Davidson
March 11 Dr. Archana Pathak
March 18 Rabbi Michael Knopf
March 25 The Rev. Amy Starr Redwine
April 1 The Rt. Rev. Susan Goff

We will offer six Wednesday lunches, starting Ash Wednesday, February 26. (On Ash Wednesday, there will be no speaker, but we will have a service in the Sanctuary at 12:30 p.m. with the Imposition of Ashes. Please click HERE for more details about Ash Wednesday at St. Paul’s.)

The first lunch seating will run from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., followed by the Speaker and Service from 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. The second seating will immediately follow from 1:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. Carryout lunches will be available from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Speakers

  The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson

The Rt. Rev. Bishop Brooke-Davidson was ordained a priest in 2009 after graduating from Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to ordination, she practiced commercial financial law for 12 years. She began her ordained ministry at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wimberley, Texas, where she served as the Assistant Rector from 2009-2011. She then served as Vicar of Saint Elizabeth in Buda, Texas, from 2011 until she was elected Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of West Texas.

Bishop Brooke-Davidson was appointed as Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, and began in November 2019. She is married to Carrick Brooke-Davidson, and they have two grown daughters, Emma and Kate.

Dr. Archana Pathak

Archana A. Pathak, Ph.D. (University of Oklahoma, 1998), is a diasporic feminist scholar-activist who examines issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, and scientific imperialism from a social justice perspective. Academically trained in intercultural communication and qualitative research methodologies, she utilizes autoethnography to explore how we tell ourselves and each other who we are. She is a former president and board member of The Conciliation Project, a not-for-profit social justice theater organization that addresses issues of racism and oppression.


Rabbi Michael Knopf

Named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Forward, Rabbi Michael Rose Knopf is the spiritual leader of Temple Beth-El in Richmond, Virginia. He is committed to revealing Torah’s enduring relevance, interpreting and applying Jewish values in light of contemporary insights, bringing Judaism into active conversation and collaboration with other faith traditions, and harnessing the Jewish tradition as a force for a more just and peaceful society.

Named one of Richmond’s “40 Under 40” in 2017, Rabbi Knopf is a co-founder of Richmond Jews for Justice, a member of Leadership Metro Richmond, serves on the Boards of Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, and helps to lead several local interfaith groups. He has been published in several anthologies of contemporary Jewish thought; is a regular contributor to regional, national, and international publications; and hosts several podcasts on the JCast Network, including “Pop Torah.” Rabbi Knopf lives in Richmond with his wife and three children.

The Rev. Amy Starr Redwine

The Rev. Amy Starr Redwine was born at Duke Hospital (destined to be a Duke fan!) and moved to Roanoke, Virginia when she was two years old. Her family attended Second Presbyterian Church, where she was confirmed and where her faith was nurtured and her questions and doubts were openly received. She graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with a degree in religion and classics and headed to Princeton Theological Seminary. During her time in seminary, Amy found a passionate and intellectually curious group of classmates and professors, and met and married Derek Redwine. Derek and Amy have served churches in Denver, Colorado; Akron, Ohio; and most recently in Cleveland, Ohio, where Derek was the pastor and head of staff of Fairmount Presbyterian Church and Amy was the pastor and head of staff of the Church of the Covenant in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood.

Amy is passionate about meaningful, thought-provoking, inspiring worship; leading people to encounter God in their daily lives in ways that lead to personal transformation; exploring how God calls us to use our gifts for the transformation of the world; and thinking about and executing with church leaders how the church can best serve our community and world with passion and joy. Derek and Amy have a daughter, Sarah, and two sons, Quinn and George. As a family, they enjoy basketball and baseball (watching and playing), spending time outside, cooking and eating good food, and Friday family movie nights.


The Rt. Rev. Susan Goff

Susan Goff is Ecclesiastical Authority of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. She was elected Bishop Suffragan and consecrated in 2012. She oversees the mission and ministry of the diocese during the interim between Bishops Diocesan, with a particular focus on strengthening relationships between God, congregations, diocesan leadership and related organizations. She has a particular passion for justice ministries and for the full inclusion of all of God’s beloved in the faith community. Bishop Goff is also licensed as a visiting bishop in our companion Diocese of Liverpool in England, and represents The Episcopal Church in relationship with the Anglican Church in Central America (IARCA).

Since she was ordained in 1980, Bishop Goff has ministered in the Diocese of Virginia. She received her Master of Divinity degree with distinction from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, Magna Cum Laude, from Douglass College (Rutgers University) in New Jersey. During a two-year leave of absence from seminary, she lived and worked among Arapaho people on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.

Bishop Goff is a visual artist who creates mixed media canvasses and sculptures that include found objects. She and her husband, the Rev. Tom Holliday, share their colorful, art-filled home in Richmond, Virginia, with their Chihuahua, Georgia, and their Amazon parrot, Jasper.

The Menus

Here are the 2020 Lenten Lunch Menus. Each week offers a hot plate, a cold plate, and a “classic” cheese souffle plate.

Hot: Bacon wrapped, apricot glazed Pork Tenderloin, Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Bread
Classic: Cheese Souffle, Baked Tomato with Herb Topping, Green Beans, Bread
Cold: Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken

Hot: Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken Breast, baby red potatoes, caramelized brussels sprouts, bread
Classic: Cheese Souffle, Baked Tomato with Herb Topping, Green Beans, Bread
Cold: Cuban Pork Bowl with Black Beans, Rive, Pickled Onions, Pico de gallo over a bed of greens

Hot: Lump Crab cake with Remoulade, Baked Tomato with Herb Topping, Broccoli+Baby Carrots, Bread
Classic: Cheese Souffle, Baked Tomato, Broccoli+Baby Carrots, Bread
Cold: Ginger marinated Pulled Chicken tossed with Mandarin oranges, toasted almonds, sesame seeds and scallions with Black Eye Pea Salad, Mini Poppyseed Muffins

Hot: Grilled Salmon with Tzatiki Sauce, Baked Tomato with Thyme Bread Crust Topping, Grilled Asparagus, Bread
Classic: Cheese Souffle, Baked Tomato, Grilled Asparagus, Bread
Cold: Beef Taco Salad

Hot: Pulled Pork BBQ, Cabbage Slaw, Broccoli Salad, Fruit Garnish and Homemade Pickles
Classic: Cheese Souffle, Baked Tomato with Herbed Bread Crust Topping , Green Beans, Bread
Cold: Crab Cake Slider, Cabbage Slaw, Broccoli Salad, Fruit Garnish and Homemade Pickles

Hot: Shepherd’s Pie, Green Beans, Bread
Classic: Cheese Souffle, Baked Tomato with Herbed Bread Crust Topping , Chef’s Choice Vegetable Medley, Bread
Cold: TBA

To hear past Lenten messages, please check out our sermons page here. Additionally, you can find selected videos of the 2019 Lenten Series services on our YouTube channel.