The Thigpens

Sometime in the 1980s an elderly couple moved to Athens with a prior connection to the people of Saint Stephen’s.  Mr. and Mrs. Thigpen, for such was the good Georgia surname in which they rejoiced, were the parents of Al Thigpen, a longtime friend of our founding member, Bill Herringdine.  Al at the time was…

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Sermon for Advent I

Advent I.  December 3, 2017.  St. Stephen’s, Athens. St. Matthew xx, verses 32-3 – What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened…. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. Our epistle today from Saint…

The Froboses

Mary Winifred McDaniel Frobos and Walter Philip Frobos The Froboses were from Alabama, but moved to Athens at the behest of the notable artist, Lamar Dodd, when he came to the University of Georgia.  Mr. Dodd wanted Mr. Frobos available to make frames for his paintings.  In Athens Mr. Frobos worked a steady job for…

A note on campus ‘diversity’

The following note is part of a conversation with a well-left-of-center academic friend about the exclusion of conservative voices from the typical campus. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear _______, I have been pondering your observation that conservative voices are not the only ones largely excluded from humanities departments, since the vast majority of members of such departments are…

Ann Hammond Dure

Ann Dure joined Saint Stephen’s at our start thanks to friends in the parish and to a favorable reaction by her then 13 year old son, Beau, on their first visit.[1]  We quickly became friends and did our best to support each other.  At one very low point in her life she said to me,…

Eric Mascall and the Papacy

A decade ago the Anglican Catholic Church welcomed to some of our synods members of what I believe was called the Anglican Use Society:  mostly former Anglicans who had become Roman Catholics but retained an interest in or preference for some elements of what was often later called the ‘Anglican Patrimony’.  Those elements included the…

Trinity XXII

Saint Matthew xviii, verse 35 - So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. I was sent a very fine sermon once for the…

Snippets from Lord Dacre

From ARCHBISHOP LAUD 1573-1645 H.R. Trevor-Roper, Lord Dacre (Hamden, Conn.: Archon, 1963), 2nd edition ‘James I had died...with all the circumstances of humbug inseparable from the deaths of kings and the ministrations of priests....’  (65) ‘...the reluctant Bishop of London, George Mountain...received the welcome news that Toby Matthew, the Archbishop of York, who “died yearly in…