It is with tremendous joy and gratitude that we announce that the Rev. Kevin G. Thew Forrester, Ph.D. has accepted our call to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish in downtown Portland.
Kevin+ said of St. Stephen’s: “I see a community not retreating in the face of challenges. I see a community nurtured and reveling in the grace of excellent music and wonderful ventures into Saturday evening dinner church, in which compassionate justice is wedded to what I would describe as ‘a progressive Christianity with ancient roots.’” While Kevin+ describes his liturgy as “progressive with ancient roots,” many of us at St. Stephen’s describe ourselves as “an ancient building with progressive roots.” We certainly think we have found a wonderful fit for St. Stephen’s as we head into 2020.
Kevin+, along with his wife, the Rev. Rïse Thew Forrester, recently returned to Oregon after having been with the Diocese of Northern Michigan for the last eighteen years. For the last twelve years, Kevin+ oversaw the parish life of three congregations in mutual ministry. During this time period he also founded two healing arts centers which offered meditation, yoga, Dances of Universal Peace, classes on the Enneagram, community readings, speakers, and discussions on topics of spirituality.
Prior to their time in Michigan, Kevin+ worked on diocesan ministry development in Eastern Oregon with Bishop Rusty Kimsey. This is also where Rïse+ has family roots. Kevin+ and Rïse+ met while attending The Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA where Kevin+ received his Master of Theological Studies with emphasis in bioethics and liturgics. Kevin+ also holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Theology from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
Kevin+ has written several books and is a contributing essayist currently for The Progressing Spirit, where diverse perspectives and writers contribute to the growing conversation around the idea of Progressive Christianity.
Kevin+ will begin his year as Priest-in Charge this Sunday, December 8.
Christy Emlaw McMurtry,
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish