In the month of August, we will welcome three, summer Theologians-in-Residence as guest preachers at 8AM and 10AM Eucharist. They will also lead our Lectionary Bible Study at 9AM in the Library.
Laura Carlson holds an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and recently completed her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible through Yale's Religious Studies Department. She has been a member of the Episcopal Church for over a decade and has taught Bible courses for aspiring deacons in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut during that time. This fall, Laura will return home to Maine to teach Judaism and Christianity at Bates College.
Charles A. Gillespie is a Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. Most of the time, Charlie pretends to work on his dissertation—Drama Alone is Credible. Charlie’s research and teaching often place theological and philosophical questions in the context of the arts and culture. He has published and presented conference papers in the areas of Christian theology, economics and ritual, critical theory, aesthetics, theories of interpretation, and theatre and performance studies. He graduated from Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree with honors in humanities, and he received the Master of Arts in Religion (religion and literature) from Yale Divinity School and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Also a theatre-maker, Charlie co-founded Theatrum Sacrum (with St. Mark’s own Fr. Justin Crisp), an ecumenical ensemble in devised Christian liturgical drama. In the past, Charlie has collaborated on theatre for social change with the Parapanda Theatre Arts Lab in Tanzania, spent summers working with youth at Thunderhead Episcopal Center in South Dakota, and taught “Gospel Drama” for over 1000 students from 138 different countries at the World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit to Philadelphia in 2015. He and his spouse, Tara Powers, currently live in Rahway, NJ.
Jewelle Bickel is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to that, she earned her Master of Arts in Religion at Yale Divinity School, where she met her husband, Fr. Justin! Jewelle’s research focuses on epistemology and philosophy of religion, and she is currently completing her dissertation, titled Intellectual Virtues and Reasonable Disagreement. She has presented her work at the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, the Yale University Colloquium in Philosophy of Religion, and the Digital Humanities and Experimental Philosophy Collaborative in Amsterdam. At St. Mark’s, she is the fearless leader of Monday Morning Musings, a cross-generational group of women devoted to walking the way of love together. Jewelle loves chai tea lattes and is currently getting settled in Fr. Justin’s and her new home on the St. Mark's campus.