From our Priest

 

Dear Friends,

St. Stephen’s is one of those unique places where EVERYONE is welcome. No matter who a person is—whether they are young or old, gay or straight, single, married or in a relationship, female or male, poor or wealthy—ALL are welcome at St. St. Stephen’s. And not just welcomed but accepted for who they are—children of God and inheritors of God’s grace.

Saint Stephen’s sits in a quiet residential area of north Fargo. Here, we as a growing faith community strive to live out the calling we believe we have received from Jesus to love and serve God and one another. Here, we practice a radical form of hospitality  in which we greet each and every person who comes through our doors as though they are Christ. Here we welcome all people, no matter who they are. We are a truly open, welcoming, and inviting place and we strive to serve God and the community as a beacon to a world that is looking to find meaning in life, to find love and acceptance, to find the God who loves us all, and a community that seeks to live out this reality.

Our vision for our community is one where we welcome all people no matter where they are in their faith journey, and even people who may disagree with each other. In gathering together in the very presence of God, we are able to experience this beautiful life God wishes for us so that we can be strengthened to serve a world that is aching for our love, our witness and our help.

Visit us at St. Stephen’s for worship and friendship, and together let us go out to love and serve God and a world that really needs us.

I cordially invite you to consider making St. Stephen’s your home. Please know that if I can be of any service to you, call or email to schedule an appointment.

So welcome to our website. Please explore it and if you like what you see and read, come and visit us. We celebrate Holy Eucharist on Sundays at 11:00 am (with Children’s Chapel during the service) and Wednesdays at 6:00 pm (with supper afterward at a different local restaurant).

Peace,

Jamie Parsley+
Priest-in-Charge



ABOUT FR. JAMIE:

Fr Jamie has served as Priest-in-Charge of St. Stephen’s since 2008.

Before coming to St. Stephen’s, Fr. Jamie was an Assisting Priest at Gethsemane Cathedral in Fargo and was Chaplain to All Saints Episcopal Church, Valley City, ND. He served on Diocesan Council, was the Chair of the Commission on Ministry and was the editor of the Diocesan newspaper, The Sheaf. He also served as Executive Assistant to the Bishop. He was also a Deputy to the Episcopal Church’s General Convention and was a member of the Board of Governors of Episcopal Life, the news publication of the Episcopal Church.

Fr. Jamie is also the author of eleven books of poems, including This Grass (2010), with paintings by St. Stephen’s parishioner Gin Templeton, Fargo, 1957 (2010), which chronicles the June 20, 1957 tornado that struck Fargo and most recently, That Word (2014).He is also the author of a book of short fiction, The Downstairs Tenant, published in 2014 by NDSU Press.

In 2004, Fr. Jamie was named an Associate Poet Laureate of North Dakota.

He holds Master of Fine Arts Degree in Poetry from Vermont College and a Master’s Degree from Nashotah House Seminary.

He also taught theology, ethics, philosophy, writing and literature at the University of Mary’s Fargo Campus for ten years.

He describes himself as a “progressive (old-fashioned liberal) Anglo-Catholic Episcopal priest and poet.” His spirituality is squarely centered on the Holy Eucharist, the discipline of the Daily Office and, as a follower of Jesus, a love of God and an all-accepting service to everyone, especially those in need. He has a special interest in spiritual theology, especially in the Hesychast tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

He has been a long-time and very proud member of the Society of Catholic Priests, a community of progressive Anglo-Catholic clergy in the Anglican Communion.

He also has been an Oblate of St. Benedict since 1992, first at Blue Cloud Abbey in Marvin, South Dakota, until it closed in 2012. He then transferred his oblation to St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota

Fr. Jamie has been a committed vegan for several years, is a long-time pacifist, and has been an outspoken activist for the LGBTQ community.

His hobbies include collecting records, books and mid-century furniture. He especially loves reading Chinese, Japanese and Latin American poetry, as well as his beloved George Herbert.

His website is: www.jamieparsley.com.  His blog (with his posted sermons) is: www.jamieparsley.blogspot.com.