Trinity Episcopal’s Lenten Lunch Series begins Monday

“Lord, Teach Us to Pray” is the theme of this year’s Lenten Lunch Series at Trinity Episcopal Church. The five-week series begins Monday and is noon-1 p.m., 1130 First Ave.

Each speaker will take a section of the Lord’s Prayer.

“This is a good mix of people from inside and outside this community,” said the Rev. Rich Martindale, rector of Trinity. “We all ask, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’ Taking it apart and looking at the various pieces will be helpful.”

The speakers are, in order of appearance:

Monday: The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, which includes Columbus. Prior to his election in 2001, he was a professor at The University of the South School of Theology in Sewanee, Tenn., as well as The General Theological Seminary in New York. He has also taught at Yale, Drew and Wilfrid Laurier universities and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Moravian College and the University of South Carolina.

Alexander earned a master of divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and a doctor of theology in liturgics from The General Theological Seminary. He is the recipient of two honorary doctorates. He is the current Chancellor at Sewanee.

March 21: The Rev. Corky Carlisle, a former missionary to Kenya as well as rector of a number of parishes, is presently the interim rector of St. John’s in Decatur, Ala. Carlisle has been involved in the Church Development Institute through General Seminary and also the Ecumenical Stewardship Center.

March 28: The Rev. Ron King, D. Min., director of the Pastoral Institute, Columbus. The author of numerous articles and chapters in a variety of publications, King has taught in the field of Pastoral Care and Counseling for more than three decades. He has served in a variety of parish positions. He is active in the community and has served as Chair of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Housing Initiative and President of the Columbus Rotary Club.

April 4: The Very Rev. Doug Hahn, D. Min., rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Columbus. His theological training is from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Emory University, The General Seminary and The University of the South, along with pastoral training at Baptist Hospital in New Orleans and the Pastoral Institute.

Outside of St. Thomas, his work in Columbus has included many community and interfaith ministries, as well as the work in the wider diocese. He is the Dean of the Chattahoochee Valley Convocation of Episcopal parishes.

April 11: The Rt. Rev. Alfred “Chip” Marble, retired bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi. He serves as the Assisting Bishop of North Carolina. Marble recently celebrated his 40th anniversary in orders, having served parishes and missions in Mississippi and as a chaplain at the University of Mississippi.

King and Hahn have spoken for this series before. The others are new to it.

The cost for lunch is a suggested donation of $5.

No reservations are required. Call 706-322-5569 for more information.

Allison Kennedy, 706-576-6237