Trinity Episcopal announces Lenten Lunch speakers

The annual Lenten Lunch series at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1130 First Ave., is every Monday beginning March 2, through -March 30.

Lunch is a suggested donation of $5.

It is noon-1 p.m. Reservations are not required.

The speakers are: March 2, the Rt. Rev. Keith Whitmore, Assistant Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta since April. He was previously the Bishop of the Diocese of Eau Claire in northwestern Wisconsin from 1999-2008.

Prior to being elected as bishop, Whitmore served congregations in Wisconsin, Missouri and Kansas. Ordained priest and deacon in 1977, he has undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and theology, an M.Div. and D.D. from Nashotah House Seminary.

Bishop Whitmore also served as an Army Chaplain and retired after 27 years of service.

March 9, the Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest and author and writes the “Almost Daily Emo" series of almost daily meditations which emanates from her Geraniumfarm.org website.

She was rector of St. Clement’s church in Manhattan’s theatre district and chaplain on the waterfront of New York. She has served Trinity Church, Wallstreet, St. John’s Church, Greenwich Village and was a chaplain at Ground Zero during the recovery following the WTC bombing.

An actress, director and producer, she has worked for many years combining the lively arts and the life of faith. About prayer she says: “The very times we most need to pray are often the times we don’t do it, we worry instead. Or maybe we succumb to crippling self-doubt ... or doubt about the goodness of God”. She suggests that there are concrete ways that people of faith can approach hard times and let God teach how to trust."

March 16, Professor Michelle McCrillis, Assistant Professor of Art in the Department of Art at Columbus State University. She specializes in 19th and 20th century art and also works with CSU’s Friends of Art promote and support the activities of the Art Department.

Before coming to CSU in 1999 she worked at North Carolina State University in the Gregg Museum of Art and Design where she developed educational programs and at Methodist College where she taught art history. Prior to this, she received a Master of Arts degree in art history, theory, and criticism from the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

March 23, the Rev. King Oehmig, a graduate of The University of Virginia in religious studies and The School of Theology, University of the South, where he received his M. Div. and Doctor of Ministry degrees.

He was ordained Deacon in 1977 and priest in 1978 in the Diocese of Tennessee. He has served in numerous positions as a parish priest though out the dioceses of Tennessee and Mississippi. He is the founder of Synthesis Publications, a resource for preaching and worship. Though Rev. Oehmig sold Synthesis in 1997 he continues to serve as Editor-in Chief.

March 30, The Rev. Bob Prichard, the Arthur Lee Kingsolver Professor of Christianity in America and instructor in liturgics at Virginia Theological Seminary, where he has been on staff since 1983. Prichard has an A.B. degree (1971) from Princeton University; an M.Div. (1974) from Berkeley at Yale Divinity School; and a Ph.D. (1983) from Emory University.

He is the author of the second edition of "The History of the Episcopal Church" and an editor of "A History of Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia."