New to UVA this Fall?

Whether you are a new or a returning student, there are several ways you can find out more about Canterbury, the student fellowship based at St. Paul's: we have a brief overview on this website (link to page), as well as our own website dedicated just to our student ministry (click here).







We are also on facebook and you can find a lot of pictures and information there too -- give us a like!

If you prefer email, our fellowship coordinators Grace and Pastor Elaine would love to hear from you! ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). We can't wait to meet you!


The Rev. Becca Stevens: The Hope and Heartbreak of Trafficking, Violence, and Addiction

Sunday, September 20

•    Preacher at 10:00 a.m. followed by an adult forum
•    Public lecture at 7:30 p.m.

The Rev. Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest and founder of Thistle Farms-Magdalene, a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction.

"Over the past 20 years in the field of working with survivors, Becca Stevens has watched as our country has slowly awakened to the cost of sexual violence among our youth. She has also founded one of the largest social enterprises in the U.S. run by survivors. Stevens will share the story and offer ways we can all be advocates."

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The Rev. Dr. Harold T. Lewis: "The Church in a racist society: agent of change or chaplain to the status quo?"

The Rev. Dr. Harold T. Lewis

Sunday, September 27

•    Preacher at 10:00 a.m. followed by an adult forum

•    Public lecture at 4:00 p.m.

•    Preacher at 5:30 p.m.

The Rev. Dr. Harold T. Lewis is an Episcopal priest, author, and internationally renowned speaker and theologian. During his career, Dr. Lewis has distinguished himself as a scholar and has taught at a number of schools of theology and seminaries. As Director of the Office of Black Ministries at the Episcopal Church Center in New York, he served as consultant to the Church of England and its Archbishop’s Commission on Urban Priority Areas. He retired in 2012 as fifteenth rector of Calvary Church, Pittsburgh.  Among his books is “Yet with a Steady Beat: the African American Struggle for Recognition in The Episcopal Church.” He also authored “The Recent Unpleasantness” about his leadership in the successful legal challenge against the bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh who sought to remove assets from the diocese to form a breakaway church. In 2009, Dr. Lewis was the recipient of the first “Dean’s Cross for Servant Leadership in Church and Society” at Virginia Theological Seminary. He holds a B.A. from McGill University, an M.Div. from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham (England), and is the recipient of many honorary degrees and awards.

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Presiding Bishop-Elect Michael Curry's Sermon from the Haynesville, Alabama courthouse

Presiding Bishop-Elect Michael Curry

At the final adult forum book study on "Yet with a Steady Beat: the African American Struggle for Recognition in the Episcopal Church," we concluded by watching a portion of Presiding Bishop-Elect Michael Curry's sermon from the Haynesville, Alabama courthouse, where Jonathan Daniels' killer was acquitted in 1965. During commemoration events on the 50th anniversary of Daniel's martyrdom, Holy Eucharist was celebrated in that very courthouse. The forum group believes that this sermon would be instructive for everyone to see and hear. You can watch it by clicking here.


Choral Evensong

Sunday, October 11 at 3:30 p.m.

Our first Choral Evensong of this academic year is coming soon!  On October 11th, take some time to still yourselves with music of Mendelssohn, Walmisley, and others.  At 3:30, Albrecht von Gaudecker will present organ music of American composers Gerald Near, Ned Rorem, and Leo Sowerby, with the service beginning at 4.  Be present with us as we “worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!”


Transition News

Read the biographies of the Rector Search Committee here.

Read a letter from the vestry dated June 18, 2015 here.

Read a letter from Rector Jim Richardson dated June 12, 2015 here.



Parish Potluck Picnic

Sunday, September 13

On Sunday, September 13 following the 10 a.m. service, we will gather in the meditation garden outside the church for food and fellowship. Fried chicken and drinks will be provided; other main dishes, sides, and desserts are potluck.  Please bring a dish to share and join us!


Did you know?

How did St. Paul's Memorial Church get its name?

On January 1, 1908,  the Reverend Hugh H. McIlhany, the secretary of the Y.M.C.A. at the University, agreed to become the priest in charge of a proposed new Episcopal church, "a small-sized permanent congregation which would provide a temporary spiritual home for Episcopal students during their years at the University." In a pamphlet explaining the Memorial Plan, Mr. McIIhany said, "It (the church) will constitute, as it were, a sort of Westminster Abbey at the university, where memorials of distinguished alumni and friends who were also prominent in church life may be placed from time to time as they pass on to their reward".

Find out more about the history of St. Paul's here.


Vestry News

We now publish a monthly Vestry News article on our website. Typically included are a summary article, minutes and financial reports. See the link on the menu to the left or click here.


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